DEALS: Mobile Content and Mobile Enterprise


Mobile Content and Mobile Enterprise


DEALS

WHO

WITH

WHAT

SCOOP

palmOne

PalmSource

palmOne inked a $30M deal with mobile OS maker PalmSource that will allow PalmOne to regain control of the Palm brand.

PalmOne acquired PalmSource's 55% stake in the Palm Trademark Holding Company (PTHC), a body created by Palm when the company split itself into two companies -- palmOne and PalmSource. PTHC controlled the Palm brand and identity, and now palmOne will again call itself Palm starting later this year.

Sprint

Yahoo

Sprint and Yahoo will offer Yahoo's mobile multiplayer games to Sprint's subscribers. No financial details of the deal were released.

Sprint's mobile game service, the Game Lobby, is powered by M7 Networks and claims more than 500,000 users.

Verizon Wireless

Leap Wireless

Verizon Wireless and Leap Wireless signed an MMS interoperability agreement that will let subscribers on both networks share picture and video messages. No financial details were released.

Verizon Wireless has inked similar agreements with Cingular Wireless and US Cellular. US carriers have been working to forge interoperability deals since agreeing to inter-carrier MMS guidelines last fall.

Skype

Fiberlink Communications

Skype and Fiberlink will offer a mobile VoIP solution for the enterprise market. No financial details of the deal were released.

Fiberlink plans to bundle its Extend360 mobile access software with Skype's software and service and offer the package as a value-added service to its enterprise customers.

Microsoft

TSSX

Microsoft will acquire parts of Chinese mobile software and services firm TSSX for an undisclosed sum.

The deal will allow Microsoft to enter the Chinese mobile content market by providing MSN Mobile services. Microsoft will form a China Mobile Development Center based in Shenzen.

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