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Vodafone to put MySpace app on phones

UK customers will get MySpace-equipped mobiles

Vodafone is counting on MySpace to encourage UK customers to use its mobile phones for more than just talking. The two companies announced a deal today to distribute software for updating a MySpace user profile from a mobile phone.

The agreement is the first MySpace, which is owned by News Corp, has reached with a European carrier, a MySpace spokesman said. It calls for Vodafone to ship an application on new mobile phones that will allow MySpace users to email, blog, manage their community of friends and post comments to other users' profiles.

The application, which will also be available for download, will be launched before the end of the year for UK users. Pricing for use of the application has not been set.

The agreement could help Vodafone nudge slow overall revenue growth in Europe, by drawing on MySpace's popularity to boost use of mobile data services.

Vodafone saw growth in mobile data services revenue accelerate in the fourth quarter, but the total still lagged far behind revenue from voice services.

MySpace counted 90 million unique visitors worldwide in December, the spokesman said. Vodafone has about 16.9 million customers in the UK.

MySpace launched a similar deal in the US in December with Cingular Wireless. Cingular subscribers can download a Java application that lets them manipulate MySpace for $2.99 per month plus standard use charges.

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