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Nokia ties-up with Chinese social networking websites

China: Nokia announced a deal with Chinese social networking websites Sina and Tencent to let phone users upload their location to social networks together with tips on local services via Nokia’s map service. However, the company did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

Space Daily reports that home-grown social networking sites have flourished in China in the absence of foreign competitors like Facebook and Twitter, which have been banned by the government.

Subscribers to Sina’s microblog and Tencent’s QQ instant-messaging service will be able to share their location on the social networking sites using their Nokia Internet-connected mobile phones, Nokia said in a statement following the signing of the deal.

The new offering will allow users to upload information about local restaurants, shops and movie theatres. It will be available through Nokia’s Ovi Map service in the first quarter of 2011.

“This collaboration with Sina and Tencent marks a significant milestone,” said Phil Kemp, vice president of Nokia Services. “More than 250 million people are using a Nokia device in China and with this partnership we can help people share their location with their friends and communities through Ovi Maps on their favourite social network.”

Source: Space Daily