Maybe Yahoo and Nokia aren’t actually combining names in a recently released partnership, but they will be working together.  Yep, you heard it here, they have announced that a partnership is in the works, allowing each of them to use portions of the other to create a powerhouse.  Carol Bartz and Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, CEOs of Yahoo! and Nokia, respectively, made the partnership announcement today.

Nokia will be taking advantage of Yahoo’s Ovi email and instant messenger (IM) services while Yahoo is going to use Nokia’s mapping and navigation services.  Bartz states that Yahoo “lost it’s focus on maps a couple of years ago” then went on to correct herself and stated the company “chose to focus on other areas.”  Either way, we know Google is first place most people think of when they need a map.  Is this partnership going to make a difference?  Will this help either company to expand and take domination of the market?  I guess we will have to wait and see.

I remember back in 1998 I got my first cell phone, it was a Nokia 6190.  It was a brick, but the hottest phone out.  It even had a game!  Snake!  Everyone was jealous of my uber-cool phone.  Nokia stayed big for awhile, but has faded out and isn’t one of the major phone manufacturers anymore.  Maybe this partnership can help them get back up to speed.  I loved my old Nokia, it was the only phone you could drop in water, off the roof of a house, watch the battery go flying across the room and would still work after you put it back together and it dried out.  Ah, the good ‘ol days.

Does this mean there is going to be a Yahoo branded phone forthcoming?  Nope.  They made it very clear that there is no phone planned.