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.
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.
Verizon Wireless is jumping into the growing instant messaging business, getting ready to launch a service that will allow its customers to use MSN Messenger, AOL IM, and Yahoo! Messenger on some of its handsets. Initially, users will be charged 10 cents to send a message and 2 cents to receive a message.