Vodafone to launch mobile MSN Messenger

Vodafone inked a deal with Microsoft to launch a mobile version of MSN Messenger, starting with a beta in July. The service will operate like MSN's traditional IM client, but for an extra fee. Vodafone and Microsoft say they have forged a long-term partnership around MSN Messenger, though the agreement is non-binding. The new service will launch first in Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands this year. There is no word yet when Vodafone plans to launch the service in other markets.

For more on Vodafone's MSN Messenger deal with Microsoft:
- go to this piece from PC PRO