Monday, December 3, 2007

Telecom Italia to Support Nokia Ovi

Telecom Italia has agreed to enable Ovi, the gateway to Nokia's Internet services, on Nokia handsets offered by TIM.

As part of the collaboration, Nokia will customize the new Nokia handsets to provide easy access to TIM services. Similarly, TIM customers can access all Nokia services through the customized Multimedia Menu embedded into their Nokia device. The collaboration also includes areas such as technology and billing co-operation.

The companies said the agreement will make it easy for mobile users to find Internet services from TIM, Nokia or from other Internet service providers.

The Nokia N95 8GB and the Nokia N81 will be the first devices offered that will have customized menus to provide easy access to both services. Nokia and TIM have also agreed on a sustainable business model for both parties in a mutually beneficial approach.

  • In August 2007, Nokia introduced "Ovi", its new Internet services brand name for mobile devices. Ovi, meaning "door" in Finnish, will be Nokia's portal enabling consumers to access its gaming and music store services. Also under the Ovi umbrella is Nokia Maps, the company's navigation service, as well as future Internet-based services the coming plans to introduce in the coming months. Nokia also promised to make Ovi "an open door to web communities, enabling people to access their content, communities and contacts from a single place, either directly from a compatible Nokia device or from a PC." The English language version of Ovi is expected to debut in Q4.

  • In November, Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator by revenue, and Nokia agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi Services on a range of Nokia handsets. Vodafone and Nokia also agreed that a number of these handsets will be exclusive to Vodafone.

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