Skip to main content

Spotify to bring 'mobile offering' in near future

Spotify branded mobiles coming soon?
Spotify branded mobiles coming soon?

Spotify has signed a deal with Swedish telecoms firm Telia to bring its product onto a variety of platforms.

The two-year exclusive deal is designed to bring a cross-platform service, where subscribers will eventually get free Spotify access across their mobile phone, PC and TV.

Spotify has also told CNET that it's looking at putting the service on digital set-top boxes in the near future.

Mobile offering

The deal will also see Telia and Spotify bringing a 'mobile offering' in the coming months, although it's unclear what that could be.

The offering might be a simple application ported to mobiles in the same way the Android and iPhone apps work, or it could be a full Spotify-branded phone.

Given the rumours of INQ planning a similar device, the latter idea doesn't seem completely out of the question, leading to a similar business model to Nokia's Comes with Music.

Either way, it will be interesting to see how Spotify extends its service and if it can actually buck the trend of recent start-ups and actually make money.

Via Telia (translated)

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.