LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, is partnering with Optus and 3, to offer customers free access to LinkedIn on their mobile phones in Australia. The LinkedIn mobile application will enable Optus and 3 customers to network wherever they are, raise their profile and build their brand online.
LinkedIn has more than 1.5 million members in Australia and New Zealand. Optus customers who connect to selected rate plans will be offered unlimited access to LinkedIn. And 3 will offer free access to LinkedIn for all new customers who connect to any postpaid contract, across all handsets including the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry and other compatible devices. The offer is available for 3’s Australian customers when accessed via the Planet 3 portal, mobile web or via LinkedIn’s mobile application.
“We are experiencing tremendous growth in Australia and the partnerships will further drive mobile usage of LinkedIn,” said Clifford Rosenberg, managing director of LinkedIn Australia and New Zealand. “LinkedIn’s mobile application allows professionals to connect with colleagues on the go or search for a member’s professional profile ahead of a business meeting.”
Optus recognises that social networking has changed the way we work and play; it’s now a vital way of staying in touch with your personal and business communities. Phil Offer, Marketing Director of Optus Small and Medium Business said: “LinkedIn is increasingly becoming a vital business tool and Optus is excited to be offering unlimited mobile access to this service.”
Amanda Hutton, General Manager of Internet and Services at Vodafone Hutchison Australia said: ‘LinkedIn is a great professional networking tool, and we wanted to give our customers the freedom to access this app easily on the go. We are excited to have LinkedIn as part of our new offer, giving new 3 customers the ultimate free social networking experience when they use our Planet 3 portal, mobile web or LinkedIn’s mobile application.’