Online photo sharing/storage service Photobucket recently announced a merger deal with mobile phone photo software maker Ontela.
The deal addresses the rapid increase of mobile image uploads all of the social network sites are seeing in the last year.
“Photobucket will leverage Ontela wireless carrier relationships to provide distribution and consumer access to more than 140 million wireless subscribers,” the companies said in a released statement. “While Ontela will drive uptake of its mobile applications by capitalizing on the Photobucket brand and highly active user base.”
Photobucket recently increased its user-base to over 22 million online users. Ontela claims more than 30 wireless carriers worldwide use its software and recently created the Photobucket mobile application. The combined company will operate under the Photobucket name, and will be partially owned by News Corp., which acquired Photobucket in 2007. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.