Cingular Bringing MySpace to Mobile Phones

Cingular Wireless today announced the immediate availability of MySpace Mobile, a Java application which enables MySpace fanatics to edit profiles, view and add friends, post photos, add to blots, send and receive MySpace messages, and more—so long as they own a compatible handset.

"Not only are we excited about the ability for customers to stay connected to their MySpace community while they’re on the go, we think this will open up a new world of interaction and content for them to share via MySpace," said Marc Lefar, Cingular Wireless’s chief marketing officer, in a release. "The photo upload feature of MySpace Mobile means Cingular customers will now have the ability to capture, record, and share their world as it happens via their MySpace profile, creating a more enriching experience for our customers as well as their MySpace friends."

The arrangement between MySpace and Cingular is exclusive for the time being, and marks the huge social networking site’s largest scale mobile partnership to date.

MySpace Mobile users will be able to upload photos (with selected handsets), send and respond to MySpace messages, view and search for friends, post blog entries and comments, and view the group list of any MySpace profile.

MySpace Mobile is priced at $2.99/month, plus data usage charges. Cingular customers can get the MySpace Mobile application by testing MYSPACE to 386.

Cingular isn’t the only mobile operator to offer MySpace services—upscale MVNO Helio also offers MySpace capabilities, though Cingular says theirs are more comprehensive. Cingular’s MySpace Mobile doesn’t currently offer the ability to view online videos, Cingular believes it will be able to add that service during 2007—and you can bet they’re keen on anything which ramps up those data charges! MySpace Mobile currently support about 30 mobile phone models, with support for another 20 expected to be added through early 2007.

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