Verizon picks Microsoft as its default phone search engine

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San Francisco—Verizon Wireless has tapped Microsoft Corp. to provide search engine functionality for its wireless handsets.

Under the five-year deal to begin in the first half of this year, Microsoft will provide Internet search engine capabilities through its Live Search application for Verizon’s 70 million customers.

Microsoft also will provide mobile advertising services for the wireless carrier, as well as local search features that include maps, directions, traffic information and weather, allowing advertisers to more closely target users.

Terms of the arrangement were not disclosed, but according to a November article in The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft was willing to pay as much as $650 million over five years to seal the deal.

—Christopher Hosford

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