Having announced Wednesday a deal to offer a mobile version of MySpace to its U.K. customers, the carrier has followed that up with a cellular version of the online trading service eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) for its Italian subscribers. (See Vodafone Takes MySpace Mobile and Vodafone Takes EBay Mobile .)
It also fulfilled its recent promise to strike more cost-saving network sharing deals by announcing plans to share mobile access infrastructure in the U.K. with Orange SA (London/Paris: OGE). The two carriers are already sharing new regional 3G radio access network (RAN) deployments in Spain. (See Vodafone, Orange to Share RANs and Vodafone Tops 200M, Talks M&A.)
Vodafone is also reportedly among a group of carriers looking to develop their own mobile search engine, and so not have to rely on a cellphone-friendly version of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) or Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO). Speculation in the British press earlier this week suggests that Vodafone and the likes of Orange, T-Mobile International AG , Telecom Italia Mobile SpA (Milan: TIM), Cingular Wireless , and others will announce initiatives at 3GSM.
— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading