Cingular Wireless today started selling a Nokia 6682 handset that's loaded with Yahoo! services including e-mail, IM and address books. The phone, which also offers music-playing capability and a 64-megabit memory card, will allow users to connect with their personalized My Yahoo! page or the AT&T-Yahoo! Web portal.
Internet portal Yahoo! expanded the reach of its mobile services by signing a deal with Nextel to provide WAP access to wireless subscribers. Now users of Nextel, Sprint, Verizon, Cingular and T-Mobile will be able to access Yahoo! instant messaging, e-mail and local directory services through their mobile phones.
Cingular Wireless has cleared one U.S. Department of Justice hurdle on its way to finalizing a merger with AT&T Wireless, as the DOJ has decided to roll back licensing restrictions implemented in 2000. "Cingular and its parents are continuing to cooperate with the DOJ in its review of the transaction. We expect the deal to receive all necessary approvals in the fourth quarter," a Cingular spokesman said.
In 1920, a 10-minute phone call between Los Angeles and New York cost $26.17 (about $250 in 2004 dollars), but the prevalence of mobile phones, VoIP and flat-rate long-distance services has become such that analysts have stopped tracking the per-minute cost of long-distance calls. Traditional long-distance companies such as AT&T have seen the most inroads made into their business, and landline companies are working to adapt to the new reality.