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Spotify plans to partner with other networks

Spotify looking to extend network deal further
Spotify looking to extend network deal further

Spotify has told TechRadar that it is looking to replicate the recently announced deal with 3, but is very pleased to have extended its reach to a new potential subscriber base.

A spokesperson told us: "From Spotify's perspective, the deal will give us excellent exposure among 3's mobile user base and its 400-plus stores across the UK, help drive the number of Spotify Premium subscribers, as well as give music fans in search of a deal an even bigger reason to try us out.

"As for other deals - we're always looking to partner up with great companies but nothing to report on that front."

Branded handset ahoy?

The rumours of a branded handset for Spotify are increasing in pace, and this new announcement only serves to increase them at the moment.

Given 3 and handset manufacturer INQ are owned by the same Hutchinson Whampoa group, it makes sense that this would be a deal going forward, but Spotify is remaining tight-lipped on whether this will be happening in the UK.

Either way this is another step forward for the streaming service as it looks to move forward and start making a profit - if a subscription is almost stealthily given to users it will be a massive boost for Spotify to have a guaranteed income for two years.

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.