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Verizon brings MSN to mobile phones
Posted on 6-Aug-2004 11:15 | Tags Filed under: News



MSN and Verizon Wireless have announced that MSN Mobile is now available to Verizon Wireless customers with select Get It Now-enabled phones. The new MSN Mobile offering brings together mobile versions of MSN Hotmail and MSN Messenger services in one single application.

MSN Mobile enables subscribers to send e-mail and exchange instant messages (IMs) between phones, or phones and PCs. The service also brings some MSN Messenger features to the wireless phone, enabling subscribers to send emoticons to their friends or IM with several friends at once.

"People want a consistent experience when communicating online, whether sitting at their PC or using their mobile phone," said Brian Arbogast, corporate vice president for the MSN Communications Platform. "Starting today customers can enjoy more graphical, rich MSN Mobile services on Verizon Wireless Get It Now phones to stay in touch with family and friends and access the information that matters most while on the go."

Verizon Wireless customers can download MSN Mobile from their wireless phones. Features include:

  • Personalized Hotmail and Messenger. Subscribers can access their MSN Hotmail inbox, compose e-mail online or offline, and set up personalized alerts so they are notified about important incoming e-mail messages, even when they are offline. When using MSN Messenger, subscribers can access the friends and family they IM with on their PC and conduct simultaneous and multiparty IM conversations.
  • Virtually always available. Subscribers don't need to maintain an active online data connection when they are expecting e-mail or an IM. MSN Mobile can be set up to send alerts to their phone when they have new e-mail messages or "wake up" their phone if someone is trying to reach them via IM. For IM, subscribers can log into MSN Messenger and then put their phone in sleep mode but still appear online to their contacts.
  • Familiar MSN Experience. MSN Mobile offers an on-screen user interface that looks and feels like the MSN experience on a PC, making it easy for customers to download the application and immediately begin to use it. Common features with the PC version of MSN allow subscribers to use the same IM name on their phone and PC and share a single contact list, making it easy to send messages to friends, family and colleagues wherever they access Hotmail and Messenger. The availability of more than 60 standard emoticons for MSN Messenger makes it even more fun to express feelings and make an impression with MSN Mobile.



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