updated 5/18/2006 4:46:50 PM ET 2006-05-18T20:46:50

China Mobile Ltd., China’s largest cell-phone carrier by subscribers, said Thursday it’s in talks with Google Inc. to launch an Internet search engine for mobile services in China.

China Mobile is keen to explore mobile data services to offset declining revenue from the traditional voice services.

“I recently met with Google’s CEO for the second time. And we both share the same idea: how to turn cell phones into a new kind of Internet search engine,” said Wang Jianzhou, chairman and chief executive of China Mobile.

Wang didn’t elaborate on the two companies’ cooperation on the mobile search engine, but he said it will mean significant progress in China’s mobile service.

Representatives from Mountain View, Calif.-based Google weren’t immediately available for comment.

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