You no longer need an iPad to purchase and read some of your favorite magazines on a tablet. On Wednesday Next Issue Media — an independent media venture founded by Conde Nast, Hearst Corporation, Meredith, News Corp. and Time Inc. — released an early build of its new Android publishing platform. It’s home to popular titles such as Esquire, Popular Mechanics, Parents, New Yorker, Fortune, and Time. The applications for each magazine are only available on Samsung’s original Galaxy Tab on Verizon Wireless for now, and you’ll need to download them from Verizon’s own VCast application store, AllThingsD said. An issue of Esquire costs $4.99, although it can be purchased for $1.99 per month, too. Next Issue Media’s CEO, Morgan Guenther, said that publishers will receive “at least” 70% of each transaction, and that the company plans to offer at least 40 different magazine titles by the end of 2011. A webOS version is in the works, for HP’s upcoming TouchPad tablet, and we hope the firm has an Android 3.0 Honeycomb build in development, too. More →
A lot of folks have always trashed Verizon as being one of the priciest carriers out there – if not the priciest. Nickel and dime seems to be their motto, until maybe now… Word is, though unconfirmed as of now, there is a new plan that Verizon will be announcing soon called “Connect”. Apparently, you can have unlimited mobile web for just $10/month instead of whatever you’re paying for V Cast right now. A Giz tipster said:
If someone does not want the Vcast service, this is a step above the current premium plans. So if your premium plan is $79.99, you can add Vcast for $15, for a total of about $95. With Connect it will be only $10 more, for a total of about $89.00. Connect allows for unlimited mobile web so if you want to save five bucks, and have the premium plan with unlimited mobile web, but no Vcast, that’s the new plan.
And if you want to add it on a secondary line, it’s also $10 bucks. It will be available on November 16 mobile web phones only, not smartphones.
There you have it. If you don’t want to pay that extra five bucks for everything V Cast has to offer and you have a dumbphone, you may soon be able to get unlimited web for your phone at the reasonable price of just $10.
UPDATE: It looks like the tipster was a bit off as the Premium plan already includes unlimited data and V Cast, as well as VZ navigator and unlimited messaging. It looks like the new Connect plan option will fall between the Select plan and the Premium plan, basically affording a $5 savings compared to the Select plan and V Cast or a $10 savings compared to the Premium plan.
Online video abounds for those Verizon Wireless V Cast users in our midst. On Wednesday, Verizon announced the addition of a plethora of video channels to their V Cast streaming video service. Both clips and full length shows are available. The newest offerings include but are not limited to the following:
- “30 Rock” and “The Office” from NBC.
- “CSI” and “Numb3rs” from CBS.
- “ScoreCenter” And “MMA Live” from ESPN.
- “Hell Date Season 2” and “Comic View: One Mic Stand” from BET.
- “The Online OT”,“Coaches’ Corner” and “Pro Football Preview Show” from FoxSports.com.
- “Tuned In” from 60Frames.
- “Comedy Time Latino” from Comedy Time.
- “ES Musica” and “Rock On: Altitude” from GoTV Networks.
- The G4 Channel from G4.
- The WB Channel from Warner Bros. Television Group.
- SayHeyHey Online Dating Videos from SayHeyHey.com.
- The Relix Channel from Zenbu Media.
- DC Comics and Scooby-Doo & Friends from Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.
- Select episodes from MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, CMT, Logo and MTV Tr3s.
- Select episodes from Telemundo, USA Network, SCI FI Channel and NBC Universal Digital Studio.
- Select episodesf rom HGTV and Food Network.
- Select episodes fromTLC, Animal Planet, Planet Green and Discovery Kids.
That is a lot of mobile entertainment. Surprisingly (this is Verizon, you know), no pricing was mentioned so we assume access to the content is included within the cost of the V Cast package. Much of the content has gone live so check it out and let us know what you think.
On the eve of the upcoming CTIA in San Francisco, Verizon Wireless yesterday jumped the gun and released information about several new mobile services. Here is a brief description of some of the new things “The Network” has in store for us:
- Social Life. A social network aggregator that allows you to access several social networking sites, such as My Space, LiveJournal,and Photobucket, from a single interface. Noticeably missing from the list of supported sites is Facebook and Flickr. You can view messages, post comments and even set your profile picture to an image taken with your phone. The service is $1.49 monthly and will be available on Get It Now phones.
- Ringback Buddies. Targeting the teen crowd, Verizon will launch, Ringback Buddies, a Facebook application that lets you view and share the music that you your friends enjoy and purchase that music directly. Once purchased, you can assign the music to a friend so that person can hear their favorite music when they call. Ringback tones incur an annual $1.99 fee and the Ringback tone service costs $0.99/month.
- CityID. Got an LG Voyager, then you will be able to see the originating city and state of an incoming phone call. The service will only support 20,000 cities at launch. The service will cost $1.99 monthly. We ponder this service and ask why would we want this?
- NY Times through the VZW Portal. Now targeting the business users, Verizon will deliver NY Times content that will include blogs, news, movie show times, and stock quotes directly to Mobile Web enabled handsets. This service will be offered as part of the Mobile Web data package; either $15/month for Unlimited access or $1.99/MB for pay as you go data usage.
- Mobile VCast. Targeting the new handsets with full HTML browsers, Verizon has launched a mobile version of their VCast service. You can share the videos through a social network like Twitter, email a link off to friends, create a playlist, and save videos to a favorites list. Once again, Mobile Vcast in included as part of a Unlimited data package. Designed mainly for the LG Dare and LG Voyager, Blackberry and Windows Mobile users can also access Verizon VCast videos from your mobile browser. This Mobile Vcast service is live now so you can point your browser to m.vcast.com to check it out.
That’s all for now, folks! Stay tuned for more announcements as CTIA begins.