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By Philip Stafford andAndrew Parker in London
Published: November 16 2006 02:00 | Last updated: November 16 2006 02:00
The 3mobile group yesterday announced a deal with Google, the internet group, to put its search function with its handset, in a move that 3mobile says is a key step to making the internet fully mobile.
The Google deal is expected to be among several partnerships with technology companies unveiled today by Hutchison Whampoa, owner of the 3mobile phone network.
The Hong Kong-based group regards the partnerships as the most significant development for its third-generation mobile networks since their launch three years ago.
The deal will allow 3mobile customers to benefit from direct access to Google search and will be rolled out to individual markets in due course.