|3 Exclusively Launches Yahoo! Messenger|
3, the UK's leading mobile media company, has joined forces with global internet brand Yahoo! to add Yahoo! Messenger (IM) to its mobile-internet portfolio – meaning that from this week, Yahoo! Messenger users will be able to enjoy non-stop, unlimited chat with friends wherever they are, using their 3 mobile.
Yahoo! Messenger enables 3 customers to reach out to Yahoo! fans all over the world, who can build on their existing friends lists, rather than having to start from scratch. The addition of Yahoo! Messenger means 16 million users of Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! will be able carry on their IM conversations, even after they shut down their PC at home or work.
3 exclusively launched IM with Window's Live Messenger (Formerly MSN) a year ago, and its ongoing success highlights the fact that on the move, internet communication is fast becoming a part of everyday life for 3 customers. In the month of June alone, 3 customers sent 133 million messages between their "buddies" using the service on their mobile.
John Penberthy-Smith, marketing director of 3UK, said : "Now 2 million Yahoo! Messenger users can enjoy the exclusive benefit of free instant messenging on 3."
The addition of Yahoo! Messenger builds upon the impressive range of Yahoo! Internet services already available to 3 customers on their mobile. These include Yahoo! Go 2.0 which allows 3 customers to access services such as Local, Mail, Flickr, News, Sports, Finance, Entertainment and Weather, as well as Yahoo!'s new mobile search product, oneSearch.
All of 3's 3.9 million customers are able to take advantage of free* Yahoo! Messenger for life on selected handsets on all 3's Pay Monthly plans, and until the end of 2007 on all Pay As You Go plans.
* Fair usage policy of 10,000 messages per month applies, Yahoo! ID required
How to use Yahoo! Messenger on your 3 handset:
To start using Yahoo! Messenger on your 3 mobile simply download the software from Planet 3 and login using your existing Yahoo! id and password