Free-phone service LINE ties up with Nokia
NHN Japan, which operates LINE, says Nokia's new low-end smartphones will come pre-installed with the LINE application. The app allows users to make free calls on data communication lines.
NHN officials say they hope the tie-up will help boost the number of LINE users in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The service reached a milestone of 100 million users worldwide in January. But more than 40 percent of these are in Japan.
The use of smartphones is expected to spread rapidly in emerging markets as inexpensive models become available.
The LINE-Nokia tie-up will provide clues as to how free communication services will do in these countries.