Today, Airbnb is announcing a new deal with Deutsche Telekom (which most of you in the US know Deutsche Telekom as the owner of T-Mobile). They are partnering to bring you the Airbnb app pre-installed on devices sold by Deutsche Telekom in 13 European countries. Those countries include "Albania, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia." In addition, customers will also receive 30 euros of credit to spend on accommodations from Airbnb. But they are only eligible for that credit if they register through Deutsche Telekom, there's always a catch.
Airbnb has stated that this deal with Deutsche Telekom is their first deal with a mobile carrier and we'll likely be seeing more of this in the future from Airbnb. I'm sure it won't be long before we see Airbnb installed on devices here in the US thanks to deals with the four major carriers.
What exactly is Airbnb though? Well according to Google:
"Airbnb is a community marketplace where guests can book spaces from hosts, connecting people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay. Through their experiences on Airbnb, guests and hosts build real connections with real people from all over the globe."
It's actually a really great service and in some instances, Airbnb is cheaper than hotels. Especially if you're going to Las Vegas for CES. Although some might rather spend the extra money on a hotel in Vegas than on Airbnb, as you never really know what you might get there. It's great to see a service like Airbnb being accessible to more users, and by being pre-installed on smartphones, more people are going to actually take notice and wonder what exactly it is. So it's great for Airbnb. I wonder how many customers they'll gain from adding their app to Deutsche Telekom Smartphones? Let us know your thoughts on this deal between Airbnb and Deutsche Telekom in the comments below.