MSN and Vodafone to launch PC-to-Mobile Instant Messaging
Posted on 30-Jun-2005 16:20
Filed under: News
MSN and Vodafone have announced plans to launch a seamless instant messaging (IM) service between PCs and mobile phones. Customers will be able to see the "presence" of their contacts and exchange instant messages between MSN Messenger on a PC and Vodafone Messenger on mobile phones and vice versa.
The service will be based on the familiar mobile commercial model of "Calling Party Pays." As they do today, Vodafone customers will prepay or pay for the service through their monthly bill, while MSN Messenger customers will be able to pay through packages available in connection with MSN Messenger.
The service will bring together customers of MSN Messenger, an instant messaging service with more than 165 million customers worldwide, and Vodafone, which has almost 155 million customers around the world, as messaging continues to grow in popularity on PCs and mobile phones.
"MSN and Vodafone are working to enhance messaging between mobile phones and PCs, ultimately delivering a richer experience to customers," said Blake Irving, corporate vice president of the MSN Communication Services and Member Platform group at Microsoft Corp. "By enabling our customers to see each other's presence on both PC and mobile devices, we are expanding our customers' ability to make smart communication choices and connect instantly via IM to the people they care about most."
MSN and Vodafone plan to launch the enhanced messaging service in several European countries before the end of the year.