Nokia Inc. has signed an agreement to use Symantec Corp.'s mobile security software in the handset maker's Series 60 advanced cellular phone, both companies said Wednesday.
Under the agreement, the Finnish manufacturer will preload Series 60 phones that run the Symbian operating system with the Symantec anti-virus software.
"Nokia is determined to be active in the development of security controls and preventive measures against malware," Matti Vänskä, director of Nokia technology platforms, said in a statement.
Advanced cellular phones, often called "smart phones," provide a variety of data services, multimedia capabilities and Internet access, with the latter making them vulnerable to viruses, Trojans and other malicious software.
Symantec, based in Cupertino, Calif., has been working with Nokia, the world's largest handset manufacturer, for more than two years to develop mobile security technology and systems for mobile devices. Under the latest agreement, Nokia partners that have licensed the Series 60 will have the option of using the Symantec software.