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July 16, 2008

Nokia merges multiple personalities

INTERNATIONAL – No, this isn’t quack psychology, but rather news of Nokia’s new roll-out of a universal login across its multiple Internet services. Simply called Nokia Account, this is one of those subtle changes that will evolve and expand over time, stretching from the likes of Ovi to N-Gage and beyond, but more significant is what it means for us as users and looking forwards.

Of course bringing all your accounts under one umbrella account makes it ultra simple to keep your online Nokia existence in check, much like your Google or Yahoo accounts. But more importantly this simple unification is represents a subtle milestone for Nokia’s new era of online services, highlighted by CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo in his speech at the Nokia Annual General meeting back in May, and echoed with the recent completion of the NAVTEQ and Trolltech deals.

The new universal Nokia Account, lets you have a single User ID and password that you’ll be able to use across multiple services and even combine your existing accounts on other services without losing your details.

What do you think about this subtle change? Does this feel like a serious milestone, and do you think 2008 is the year that mobile Internet services will truly come into their element. Post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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