iPhones will be among first to get Yahoo Mobile service

Yahoo's announced Mobile service for smartphones, which goes into beta today, will be available in March for iPhones, but not until May for hundreds of other models running Windows Mobile, as well as other major brands.

Those brands that will have to wait it out include Motorola, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

A simpler mobile-Web version is also slated to launch in March. That one will work on devices running WebKit-based browsers (including the iPhone and iPod touch, Android devices, and some Nokia Series 60 units), phones running Opera Mini 4.x, Windows Mobile devices running internet Explorer Mobile, and the BlackBerrys Storm and Bold.

The mobile-Web version of Yahoo Mobile includes versions of search and news. In addition, it'll include the oneConnect service, combining e-mail, IM, address book, calendar, and access to a number of social networking sites. The onePlace funciton will add as the service's version of My Yahoo, the site's personalized version.

The smartphone version will include all of that, along with a search-by-voice option, maps, widgets, and an integrated version of Opera Mini 4.2.

Users interested in participating in the beta program should use their mobile phones to go to http://mobile.yahoo.com.

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