MSN Hotmail to go mobile in Asia

Millions of cellular subscribers in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore will soon be able to send and receive e-mail over their mobile phones using their MSN Hotmail accounts, Microsoft Corp. said Monday.

The mobile Hotmail service will be available to some 15 million subscribers through carriers Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel Mobile), Hong Kong CSL Ltd. and Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. by the third-quarter of this year.

Subscribers of the service will be able to send and receive short text messages through their Hotmail inboxes as well as perform other e-mail sorting tasks, Microsoft said.

The software maker's deals with the Asian carriers, announced at the CommunicAsia 2002 trade show in Singapore, are just part of the company's strategy to move its services from desktops to mobile devices. In this vein, the company also said Monday that it was working with several handheld makers, such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and Sendo Ltd., to launch smart devices using Windows-powered Pocket PC Phone Edition and Smartphone software.

Financial details of the deals were not disclosed Monday.

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