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3 confirms Spotify link-up with network

3 and Spotify linking up
3 and Spotify linking up

Reports are suggesting Spotify is set to begin working with 3 to offer the streaming service on its handsets, and 3 has hinted at such a deal too.

Speaking to TechRadar, a spokesperson for the network has stated it is "working with a range of exciting internet brands and to watch this space".

However, it did confirm to us that it is working with Spotify, although refused to state in what capacity this would be.

The company has previously hinted at such a deal, but this is a more firm confirmation something could be happening.

Deal in place

New Media Age is stating that a deal is already in place between the two companies, and the first 3 phone to be released with the service will be the HTC Hero around Christmas.

This will be followed by a slew of handsets all carrying the Spotify applications, giving access to the full range of mobile streaming services.

While Spotify will be hoping this deal expands its premium user base, NMA is also stating that tariffs have been put together by 3 which offer the deal as part of a monthly price plan.

We're waiting to hear more on this story, so check back while we wait for official confirmation.

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.