MySpace is picking up momentum in Canada with a new mobile portal. It is launching its service in an initially-exclusive deal with Rogers Wireless, the country’s biggest mobile carrier in terms of subscribers. release
Unlike some other social networking sites that offer mobile services for free, Rogers and MySpace will charge a C$5 ($4.74) monthly fee to access the service, although users who sign up before October 31 will get six months of usage free. Additionally the portal will only work on certain handsets. Users of the service will find many of the same features that MySpace’s mobile portals have in other countries, including the ability to post comments or blog entries, search for friends, and read and respond to MySpace email, as well as edit their profiles.
MySpace launched two Canadian portals, one in French and the other in English, in May of this year, and currently has around 4.1 million users in the country, according to Marketnews (MySpace has around 115 million registered users worldwide, according to comScore Media Metrics). It does not provide stats on mobile-only usage but Travis Katz, SVP and GM of MySpace International, claims there has been “incredible uptake worldwide for MySpace Mobile initiatives.”