If you find text messaging to be an intolerable daily intrusion, 3 may have some bad news for you – it’s signed a deal with Microsoft to bring Hotmail and Messenger to 3G phones.
For the millions of users of the services worldwide, of course, the collaboration is great news. You’ll be able to access both services on your phone’s internet browser, and Messenger clients will also come pre-installed on 3G phones from 3.
Like your favourite messaging easy chair, the mobile versions will have all the same reassuring features: the graphical interface will be identical and you’ll be able to use your existing MSN name and password.
In Messenger you’ll be able to see the ‘presence’ of contacts so you can exchange chit-chat when they’re available, and Hotmail will offer all the usual reading, sending and deleting functions.
Users of the beta version of Windows’ Live service will be pleased to hear that 3 will be additionally offering access to its Messenger and Mail services later this year.
That should be around the time we also see Skype offer its free international calls on 3G phones (story here), following the trials that are being conducted as we speak.
We’ll let you know once we’ve had a play on the services – for more information take a peek at Three’s website.