Nokia – Telefonica announcement .. – game changing ..

Just saw this from Dean’s blog .. Telefonica + Nokia services agreement

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Fascinating announcement today from Nokia & Telefonica which is potentially game-changing, in that it recognises Nokia as a key partner for services as well as handsets:

“Nokia will customize the new Multimedia Menu to provide easy access to Telef√≥nica services.. Similarly, Telefonica customers will be able to access all Nokia services through the Multimedia Menu”

I presume this opens the way for things like Ovi, and maybe Nokia-optimised versions of popular web apps like Flickr. Using Nokia as an intermediary could be a way around the current problem with the mobile/web collaboration model – web services companies really don’t want to do 100 separate operator-specific optimisations, and 100 separate negotiations, to get their application deployed widely (and hopefully virally).

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Great to see these synergies .. kudos to Nokia and Telefonica .. expect more of this as per The chicken and egg blog ..