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Google Joins Forces with Vodafone
Posted: 19-Apr-2001 [Source: Google press release]

[Google to be the exclusive search engine provider for Vivazzi, Vodafone's worldwide mobile Internet portal.]

Mountain View, Calif. -- Google Inc., developer of the award-winning Google search engine, today announced that it has been selected by the Vodafone Global Platform and Internet Services Group (VGP) as the exclusive search engine provider for its worldwide mobile Internet portal, branded Vizzavi. The Google search engine, which offers Vizzavi users access to more than 1.3 billion web pages, will be integrated with other VGP partner technologies to provide the most comprehensive content and services Internet portal for both desktop PC and wireless users.

This partnership provides a co-branded service offering that integrates Google's web search engine, web directory, and wireless technology into VGP's wireless Internet portal. Vizzavi is available now in New Zealand ( Google's search engine enables Vizzavi users anytime, anywhere access to wireless Internet content and services.

"Our objective is to deliver the maximum Internet user experience," said Tomas Isaakson, President and CEO of Vodafone Global Platform and Internet Services. "With Google, we plan to expedite this by offering consumers an exciting and useful array of content and services."

"The integration of Google's powerful search technology with Vodafone's network of mobile Internet portal sites enables users to take advantage of Google's easy-to-use and highly relevant search engine anytime and anywhere," said Larry Page, CEO and co-founder of Google. "Together with Vodafone, Google is providing users around the globe with access to the best search experience possible."


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