Nokia and Facebook in ‘address book’ sync talks?

12 Feb 2009

The world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturer Nokia and social-networking site Facebook are understood to be in negotiations around integrating Facebook profiles into the address book on devices like Nokia’s XpressMusic phone (pictured).

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the two companies are in discussions about a partnership that would allow parts of Facebook to be embedded in some Nokia phones.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, nor is it certain how many Nokia devices will support the feature.

The move could be a major deal for Facebook, which lacks a strong system for managing contacts.

At present, it isn’t possible to sync Facebook contacts with a mobile device.

At a time when Google and Microsoft have reached a licensing agreement over Microsoft’s ActiveSync software to allow greater penetration for the new Google Sync calendar and address book system, Facebook reaching an understanding with Nokia would pave the way for similar deals with other operators.

By John Kennedy

Pictured: Nokia’s 5630 XpressMusic phone, one of the devices said to be included in the rumoured Facebook/Nokia address syncing negotiations