AOL content, services go mobile on Verizon phones

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America Online Inc. (AOL) has teamed with Verizon Wireless Inc. to provide Verizon customers with mobile Web content and services, including news, financial information, and access to AOL e-mail, the companies said Friday.

The AOL Web offerings are available to Verizon Wireless customers who have Web-enabled phones and subscribe to Mobile Web access. Verizon subscribers can now access AOL content, such as local entertainment listings, maps, news and stock quotes. Verizon customers who are also AOL subscribers can check and send their e-mail and access their AOL Address Book.

The companies also said that they plan to offer AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) on Verizon phones later this year.

The mobile Web deal is not the first for Verizon, which has also jumped into bed with AOL rival Microsoft Corp. Network (MSN). Verizon said in May that it would begin offering MSN content and services over its Web-enabled phones, and would also be providing access to MSN e-mail and messaging.

Both Microsoft and AOL have been gunning for the wireless market, sealing deals with a number of carriers. Earlier this week, Microsoft forged a deal with AT&T Wireless Services Inc. to offer new wireless services and devices to business customers.

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