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France Telecom gets messaging nod

France Telecom said it received certification from a wireless industry group to offering interoperable instant messaging to its mobile phone users by year's end. The French telecommunications giant gained certification from the Open Mobile Alliance, an industry group of more than 200 companies focusing on data delivery over cellular networks. Unveiled in June, the OMA was formed to develop open standards that will eliminate the need for rival delivery technologies and cell phone operating systems.

France Telecom currently uses wireless instant messaging technology from U.S. company Jabber. The company hopes its mobile users will be able to employ its service to exchange real-time text messages to PCs, cell phones and PDAs.