Wireless Wonders

No news, just comment about mobile phones and services, from a veteran practitioner...3G, GPRS, WAP, Bluetooth, WiFi, etc...

Monday, March 28, 2005

Virgin radio over mobile...

Personally, I don't see the point - and I'm generally an optimist about most mobile services. Aside from a completely inappropriate service model, namely non-personalised, non-selective broadcast radio over a narrow-cast channel, the costs are prohibitive.

Flat-rate users will enjoy only a brief taste of a daft service. Be warned that NO operator is going to withstand a (3rd party) streaming service in its flat-rate bundle. They would be crazy to do so. Here's the small print from Verizon's flat-rate service plan:

"Unlimited NationalAccess/BroadbandAccess cannot be used: (1) for uploading, downloading or streaming of movies, music or games;"

Judging by some forum postings, a lot of people have downloaded the app and find they get a perpetual "connecting" message, which is actually a tiny software fib. It should say "not connecting anytime soon...port blocked...good bye"...

This is not the future of 3G. Podcasting, maybe, but even that's doubtful (over 3G I mean).

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