Not to be confused with youtube.com/mobile which allows you to upload YouTube videos from you phone, the new YouTube Mobile will make it easy to watch your favorite videos from your cell phone, rate them, and comment.
Back in November last year, Chad Hurley, one of YouTube’s founders mentioned that a mobile service would be released in 2007. We knew it would be coming, we just didn’t know the specifics. This new service (http://m.youtube.com) will be launched in June for the U.S., and one month prior for European Users.
According to GigaOm, the site will have 800 different “editorial picks” that users would be able to select from to stream onto their phone to watch. Eventually they would hope to make it the full experience where any video could be selected. Now the question comes up about the accessibility of Broadband Internet on your mobile phone to view the videos. Hopefully cell phone service providers have changed some of their policies to make this possible.
Last August Ryan wrote about Verizon’s “Unlimited EVDO Wireless” which wasn’t so unlimited. In fact, a Verizon customer was cut-off from his “unlimited” wireless for using more than 40 times what the “norm was”. After looking at the fine print of the Verizon contract, we found this:
Services cannot be used: (1) for uploading, downloading or streaming of movies, music or games; (2) with server devices or with host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, Voice over IP (VoIP), automated machine-to-machine connections, or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.
I haven’t gone to seek out the fine print for Cell Phone Internet services recently, but if other providers have similar statements in their contracts, this could cause quit an uproar!