German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has announced a deal with Airbnb that will see the peer-to-peer property rental app pre-installed on Android devices in 13 European markets.
The new pan-European deal is thought to be a first for Airbnb, and is a major legitimization of a service that has come under pressure from local authorities in many markets.
Airbnb will be installed on Deutsche Telekom Android phones in Albania, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. Customers will also receive 30 euros ($ 35) worth of credit to spend on accommodation — but only if they register with Airbnb through Deutsche Telekom. This suggests that existing users won’t be entitled to the reward.
Back in 2012, Deutsche Telekom actually made a “multi-million dollar” investment in German startup 9flats, which is basically a local competitor to Airbnb.