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Talktalk To Partner With Vodafone Over Mobile Services

UK's largest consumer broadband provider, Talktalk, has announced that it will sign a strategic partnership with Vodafone to launch its own mobile phone service and use its huge user base of more than four million customers to join the select club of triple players.

Talktalk may be looking to emulate the success of Virgin Media which has started to do cross sell Virgin Mobile contracts to its own customers. Using an established network like Vodafone also means that Talktalk will be able to cover most of the UK from the start.

Interestingly, Talktalk will be competing with sister company Carphone Warehouse - from which it demerged back in April - which has its own mobile network, Talk Mobile, which has its own agreement with Vodafone. Carphone Warehouse is of course Europe's largest independent seller of mobile phones.

And let's not forget that Talktalk will also be offering free Canvas boxes when the video over IP service comes to market sometimes next year. Getting television (something that Tiscali, another company that it acquired, did well) will make of Talktalk the second quadplayer after Virgin Media.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.