Verizon Wireless has launched its first wave of NFL Mobile applications, including live streaming of Sunday and Thursday night games, for subscribers today as the official sponsor of the NFL.
If you are a Verizon subscriber and interested at all in the NFL, you should download the application before the end of the year while it’s free and requires no monthly subscription. After Dec. 31, a spokesperson said Verizon did not know what it may cost. Of course, subscribers should have a data plan if they plan to use the application much, but the applications launched today are mostly for BlackBerry and Android devices, which typically carry a data plan anyway.
In March, Verizon Wireless reportedly paid $750 million to be the exclusive partner of the NFL, taking over the reigns from Sprint (NYSE: S) which had a similar deal for previous five years.
The NFL Mobile app will kick-off with coverage on April 22 with the start of the draft. Then as the season progresses, more features will be added, including information from training camps, preseason games and live streaming coverage of games throughout the 2010 NFL season. Also later this year, NFL RedZone, will come to mobile for the first time.
Verizon said the application is available on 13 smartphones and multimedia phones, ranging from the Droid to a plethora of BlackBerrys and LG (SEO: 066570) Chocolate Touch, the LG enV TOUCH, and the Samsung Rogue. Android users can download it in the market starting today; BlackBerry users can go to http://mobile.vzw.com/nfl from their browser to download it; and other customers can text