has gained ground over its arch rival Google
in the hotly contested mobile Internet
market after sealing an exclusive partnership with T-Mobile
in Europe. T-Mobile, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, is a mobile operator who is present in 11 European countries, as well as in the USA. It has roughly 31.4 million European subscribers. Google has had an exclusive partnership with T-Mobile until now.
By the end of the year, T-Mobile plans to offer IM services from Windows Live, as well as ICQ, AOL and Yahoo. The operator is the exclusive carrier of Apple's iPhone in Germany. T-Mobile's web'n'walk Portal is believed to be developed in cooperation with YouTube, MySpace or Flickr.
Nokia, the Finnish handset manufacturer, has aligned itself with Google. The Internet search engine will be available n 40 languages in all Nokia mobile phones and available in more than 100 countries, according to Nokia.
The cooperation between Yahoo and T-Mobile is scheduled to begin in March, when the mobile operator's partnership with Google will be discontinued.