June 8, 2005

New Yahoo download expands mobile e-mail service

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Internet services company Yahoo Inc. (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) rolled out late on Tuesday a paid mobile download that provides Sprint subscribers with e-mail services similar to those available on personal computers.

The mobile service, offered on Sprint PCS Vision handsets, costs $2.99 a month. Users can manage their Yahoo mail accounts from their cell phones as well as access contact information in their Yahoo address book. Among other things, it also allows users to download their e-mail so it can be accessed even if a Web connection is not available.

Yahoo, the No. 1 U.S. provider of Web e-mail services, competes with Time Warner Inc.'s (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) AOL, Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Hotmail and, to a lesser extent, Google Inc.'s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Gmail.