Leap Wireless hooks up with Google Mobile

Google's mobile Gmail, mobile maps and search service will be coming directly to the customers of Leap Wireless soon, as the carrier signed an agreement with Google to provide direct access to its services on Leap handsets.

Since Google provides all of its mobile services for free, many carriers have not signed on with the Internet search leader due to this -- as they want to offer things they can charge for. But, with Motorola possibly adding a "Google" button on some future handsets and with Sprint Nextel offering Google services on its WAP deck, Google is making inroads.

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