Who says you need an iPod to listen to podcasts? Heck, you don’t even need a Smartphone for that matter if you’re a Cingular customer. The wireless carrier just partnered with Melodeo for podcast streaming at a cost of $4.99 a month. At first, my reaction was: why pay when you can download and listen for free? The kicker is that Melodeo’s podcast streaming service works with most Cingular handhelds, meaning you don’t need a relatively expensive and advanced cellular phone to listen. The Motorola RAZR and several other handhelds in the Moto line are supported, for example. Anybody have Cingular’s service with Melodeo? Just curious if their customers can listen to MobileTechRoundup! ;)
Details are in the full press release that follows. Word of caution: since these audio files are streamed, watch your data plan charges….
Listen Up. Cingular Teams With Melodeo to Offer Mobile Podcasting
Melodeo’s Mobilcast Service Gives Cingular Customers On-the-Go Access to Thousands of Podcasts
ATLANTA and SEATTLE, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Cingular Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, and Melodeo Inc. today announced the availability of Melodeo’s Mobilcast podcast service. Cingular customers can now search and listen to thousands of podcasts that interest them, including news, sports, entertainment and more, on their Cingular phone — virtually anytime, anywhere.
"Mobilcast further enables the mobile news and entertainment capabilities of your cell phone by providing quick and simple access to podcast favorites while on the go," said Jim Ryan, vice president, consumer data services, Cingular Wireless. "We are excited to team with Melodeo to provide a rich selection of audio content that appeals to an array of interests."
Cingular customers can listen to continuously updated podcast episodes from popular sources such as NPR, The New York Times, CBS, FOX and MSNBC, as well as thousands of independent podcasts from all over the world. The programs cover a wide range of subjects including comedy, music, sports, education, health, music and politics.
"For the first time, Cingular customers are able to use their mobile phone to tune in to their favorite podcasts, stop at any point in a podcast to answer a call, and then pick up from the exact place they left off," said Don Davidge, Melodeo Founder and Senior Vice President of Sales.
The Mobilcast service is compatible with most Cingular handsets. The service is available for a monthly subscription cost of $4.99 and kilobyte usage charges apply. For more information, visit http://www.cingular.com/mediamall.
About Cingular Wireless
Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 57.3 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS), has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation — the ALLOVER ® network — and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third generation wireless technology. Its 3G network is the first widely available service in the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover®, the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com/. Get Cingular Wireless press releases emailed to you automatically. Sign up at http://cingular.mediaroom.com/.
About Melodeo, Inc.
Melodeo Inc., the leader in mobile podcasting is dedicated to bringing consumers the best selection of on-demand podcasts and radio programs for the Web and mobile phone. Melodeo combines powerful content, a simple user interface and access from any device, making it easy to enjoy and share podcasts on any topic with friends.
SOURCE: Cingular Wireless/Melodeo, Inc.