Google switches from T-Mobile to Nokia

T-Mobile has announced that it will switch from Google to Yahoo as it rejigs its Web'n'Walk package for Europe; Google and T-Mobile initially linked up back in July 2005 when T-Mobile became the first European carrier to offer free limited internet on mobile phones.

But Google scored an apparently significant win when Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone company, agreed to add Google search, in addition to its own search engine.

What is interesting is the fact that Nokia is not part of Google's Open Handset Alliance and that with this agreement, Google is trying to cover all grounds regardless of the platform used.

Yahoo will replace Google as the default search engine for the German phone service provider and will also provide access to other Yahoo services like Flickr, Messenger, Mail, Weather and Finance.

According to the Washington Post, already 29 operators have joined Yahoo's mobile venture, oneSearch.

The current transition state of the mobile internet telephony environment is reminiscent of what happened two decades ago when companies like Compuserve, AOL and others offered walled versions of their networks; a strategy that ultimately failed.

Microsoft is already offering a Windows platform - as Windows Mobile, although it has been conspicuously absent from the mobile search environment.