Nokia acquires Canada's Oz Communications

Nokia will buy mobile messaging company Oz Communications of Canada to give consumers access to instant messaging services and e-mails through their mobile devices, an Associated Press report said.

No financial details were disclosed. Nokia said the deal was expected to be completed by the end of 2008, the Associated Press report said.

Privately owned Oz is headquartered in Montreal and has about 220 employees. Nokia said it was attracted by the Canadian company's technology that lets handset users tap into familiar computing programs from Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo, the report said.

Oz, which has been working with Nokia since 2003, also has relationships with mobile operators such as AT&T Inc., France Telecom's Orange and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile and handset makers Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson and Motorola.