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Alltel To Offer Podcasts on Phones

This is the first operator in U.S. to officially offer podcasts on mobiles: Alltel, the #5 mobile operator in U.S., which is also in the midst of a heavy TV advertising campaign here, will start offering mobile podcasts on its service. It will charge $3.99 a month to let subscribers download or stream…of course, if you are smart, you can figure workarounds on any 3G network in U.S. (or a handset with memory card, and can sync to a PC) and figure out how to do this for free.
Setatle-based mobile podcasting and music provider Melodeo is providing Alltel with the technology for this. A similar collaboration is already in place between Melodeo and Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless…Melodeo VP Bill Valenti added that Melodeo, which was launched on June 28 and is still in beta mode, hopes to unveil within the next month a synchronization function that lets listeners stream podcasts from their PCs and then pick them up via cell phone when they leave the house.