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Internet media firm Yahoo Inc said on Tuesday that its mobile search service will be offered by six more telecom companies in Asia.
It now has 60 such partnerships worldwide, including with Mahanagar Telephon Nigam (MTNL) in India, Hong CSL Limited, Smart Communications and Digital Mobile Phlis (Sun Cellular) in the Philippines and Vibo Telecom in Taiwan. "We are now able to reach 600 million subscribers," David Ko, Asia managing director and vice president of Yahoo's mobile division, told reporters at a media briefing.
He said the mobile advertising market is expected to rise to $16.2 billion in 2011 up from $1.5 billion in 2006 and that Yahoo "would obviously love to take a large chunk of that pie".
Very slick stuff and I'd be open to it as an advertising platform for local businesses.
Most Asian countries use SMS and MMS services along with some GPRS/data transfer stuff... a lot of people don't even have talk time activated on their phones because that is too expensive. Also the data plans and the SMS/MMS plans are cheap compared to USA rates... and are EXTREMELY cheaper then in Canada.
That is why the report is out of Singapore.
I just launched my first MMS/SMS gateway so that I can do text and MMS services through any of my sites, I am also getting ready to resell the services..
This is the future... soon laptops will just be phones.... 20 years tops
[edited by: Demaestro at 3:19 pm (utc) on June 20, 2008]