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Sony has agreed a deal with BT to provide broadband access to the Sony PSP, which will transform the PSP into a mobile phone and internet appliance.

The two well known brands (BT and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe) signed the four year deal and went public this morning. The agreement will add to the Playstation Portable (PSP) wireless broadband communications functions, including high quality handheld video calls, voice calls and messaging.

BT will be working with SCEE to provide wireless communication to all its territories, launching initially in the UK before expanding elsewhere. The PSP has currently sold 24 million units worldwide and 8 million in Europe.

BT will be able to provide wireless connection with high quality video and voice calls through its 21CN project. The partnership will integrate its video and voice ‘softphone’ products and development is planned to enable calls and messages to PCs, fixed lines and mobiles within a couple of months.

President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, David Reeves said, “It is very exciting for us to be partnering with BT. The opportunity to combine our market leading expertise with BT’s knowledge in communications opens up many possibilities and we look forward to bringing many exciting communication functions to PSP fans.”

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