Rogers Wireless became the first North American carrier to offer a mobile podcast service today. Powered by Melodeo's (not to be confused with Odeo) Mobilcast, Rogers customers can get podcasts delivered directly to their mobile phone.
Getting podcasts onto a music phone has been possible for a while now, but Mobilcast is unique because it enables you to download podcasts directly to your phone over-the-air, avoiding your PC all together.
What sort of podcasts?
There are about 1,500 of them so far across a variety of categories like business, travel and our personal favorite, technology (Engadget, are you listening?). Unfortunately there isn't a directory of podcasts online, but you can of course search the entire catalog from your phone once the software is installed. If you're a podcaster who is not yet included in the directory, you can go ahead and submit your feed for inclusion.
What phones will it work with?
$5 per month.
Fat chance. Podcasts are big files and its going to cost you a small boat load to pull them down each time over-the-air. We recommend you invest is a good data plan!
Sign me up.
You can learn a bit more at rogers.com/podcasts or get started immediately from your phone's mobile web browser menu.
1. "My Subscriptions" or
2. Get "Music&Tones">"Featured" and then select "Podcasts" or
3. "Get Info" then select "Podcasts".
I'm not from Canada
Sorry to hear about that. Don't worry though, if you've got a data plan (better be an unlimited one!) and a compatiable phone, you're good to go.