One of the problems of my recent RSS diet is that I miss out on certain news stories – this one in particular from Saturday when it was announced that the Verizon exclusive control over YouTube Mobile (m.youtube.com) has passed and the service is now open to the public. Of course, if you flick open the address in your mobile you’re likely to be greeted by
YouTube Mobile is a data intensive application. We highly recommend that you upgrade to an unlimited data plan with your mobile service provider to avoid additional charges.
but in saying that, if you’re on a flat-rate data plan or mobile wifi service then you’ll be pretty happy. Although I mention it here I’ve yet to try the mobile service – 1) having only discovered this morning that it is gone live and 2) I’m making an effort to cut down my mobile bill, not increase it. Good news for mobile users though is that handset support is pretty extensive with all videos for YouTube Mobile encoded in the 3GP format.
At present there’s only a small portion of YouTube’s current content available on the mobile service but if you’re a YouTube junkie then there’s more than enough to get you started.
That is great news. I hope more viral video sites will follow on providing content for mobile phones. A lot of people use their mobile phones to access the Internet these days and Flash just doesn’t play nice on browsers like Opera Mini.