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September 18, 2007

Microsoft launches GPS-based mobile search

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 10:54 AM

For some time, Microsoft has been providing mobile search capabilities to Sprint Nextel, the third largest U.S. carrier.

Late last night Microsoft said it expanded the partnership by integrating two new features into the search capabilities -- GPS, or location based services, and voice search using Tellme technologies.

Users will also be able to surf both information provided by Sprint and the entire Internet. The Tellme voice search will be available on selected Sprint phones as a separate download.

The service sounds a lot like the other search application that Sprint uses. InfoSpace's Find It! application, which has been on the Sprint network for some time, uses GPS and voice capabilities to search Yellow Pages, including movie times and other information.

Coincidentally, that application changed hands Monday when InfoSpace announced it sold its Switchboard.com yellow and white pages directory to Idearc for $225 million.

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