Loopt inks deal with Verizon Wireless

Loopt inks deal with Verizon Wireless
U.S. wireless operator Verizon Wireless has announced that Loopt, an innovative Location-based social networking application, will be available next month on select Verizon Wireless phones.

Loopt users can leverage their phones’ location-based services capabilities to share location information, status messages and geo-tagged photos with their community of friends. They can view where friends in their private network are located via a map displayed on their mobile phones and connect and share their locations with anyone in their address books or AIM® buddy lists.

Verizon Wireless customers will be able to purchase Loopt beginning in April in the Tools on the Go and Featured Applications shopping aisle in the Get It Now® virtual store. Loopt will be available for $3.99 monthly access. Verizon Wireless customers will be able to get Loopt on more than 20 popular Get It Now-capable phones, including the Chocolate by LG, the MOTORIZR™ Z6tv and Verizon Wireless G’zOne Type-S.

This new wireless operator is an important win for Loopt’s CEO Sam Altman that has already signed deals with Sprint and MVNO Boost Mobile. The next step is to be available for AT&T customers the largest U.S. wireless operator before Sprint and Verizon. But it will be easier, at least for the iPhone customers. “Loopt is super excited about the new iPhone SDK and we are hard at work developing a fantastic version of the Loopt service for the iPhone,” said Sam Altman a few weeks ago. “We think consumers will be delighted with the Loopt location features and user experience on the iPhone.”

Tuesday, April 1st 2008

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