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Verizon Frees Music From Data Subscriptions and Windows Media

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Jul 31, 2006, 12:08 PM   by (staff)

Verizon today announced it would no longer require customers with VCAST Music capable phones to subscribe to a VPAK in order to download music. Users can now log into the VCAST music store on their handset and purchase songs for the standard $1.99 per track. However as with all content viewed or purchased without a data plan, a la carte data charges or airtime charges, will be included in addition to the song's price. Verizon made this change in conjunction with the launch of the Chocolate, a new handset with a number of music-centric features such as a click wheel for navigating through songs and stereo Bluetooth. The Chocolate is also the first VCAST Music phone that can play mp3s without converting them to Windows Media files.

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Jul 31, 2006, 12:30 PM


I have an LG 8300 and I am able to play mp3s on it... Why would the Chocolate be considered the first VCast phone to play mp3 without converting when it can be done on LG 8300???

the chocolate comes out of the box this way, no hacking needed. The 8100/8300 are not advertised or sold as mp3 players, only vcast music, you must go in and change settings around to get it to work properly since Verizon does not technically support ...
"The Chocolate is also the first VCAST Music phone that can play mp3s without converting them to Windows Media files."

It is the 1st phone marketed as Vcast Music that plays both wma and mp3. All the others you have to cable transfer and it convert...
pm-325 rox

Jul 31, 2006, 1:51 PM

off the subject .......

im mad, sprint pcs dosen't have cool phones like cingy, t-moby, and verizon...e. i think its time for a change, and yes i know what your going to say, " sprint is a buisness provider""it doesn't have a cma or gsm of jdfviehv, i don't know im not a phone expert, anyway i'm just here to say why can't sprint just get it's head in the game, you no?
Get Verizon so you don't have any troubles.
What about the Samsung a900, a920, a940, Sanyo 9000, 7500 or LG fusic?

I know that the a940 and 9000 have been discontinued, but they were great phones.

What is it you are looking for in a phone that these can't provide?
technically sprint works off similar technology as verizon. Cdma phones work off pcs secondary. Sprint phones work off cdma secondary, there are places where roaming agreements allow verizon to bum off of Sprint and vice Versa. That being said their p...

Jul 31, 2006, 12:45 PM

'bout time

i have no idea why in the world they didn't have VCast this way to begin with. i mean, who really want to pay $15 a month so that they can then pay $2 a song? I bet it will be much more effective to let anybody look at music regardless of a vcast package.
vcast needs to have some better stuff with it, or verizon just needs to give consumers a better idea of what benefits it offers. most people just aren't that into on-phone entertainment yet.
For the record, the ability to buy songs sans subscription (internally called open access) has been available for about a month now on all vcast music phones, just not "official" till now...

Also for the record, I argued that this should be the app...
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