New York, June 13th 2010. By 1800Mobiles editors.
After a four year wait, the World Cup is under way. Unlike the last one (played in Germany and won by Italy), this presents a novelty especially for American cell phone owners.
Besides been able to watch it on the newly created web site ESPN3.com, one can also watch the beautiful game on a TV enabled cell phone. Since, most phones are not, here's a guide of who's offering World Cup coverage and and what cost to you. We should specify that all 64 games will be available on wireless carriers associated with ESPN like Verizon's VCast, AT&T MobiTV and Univision Movil; the ten games that will be on ABC will not be available on ESPN3.com, while the remaining 54 will.
When comparing the digital experiences of this World Cup to the 2006 one, Josh Kosner, senior VP and general manager of ESPN Digital Media, said, "Things have changed utterly." Here's our guide to the wireless service providers costs and plans necessary to watch live TV on your cell phone:
AT&T: Apple iPhone owners need to:
1. download the free MobiTV app
2. pay $10 to upgrade to the "full experience," which includes ESPN Mobile TV.
To find out if MobiTV is also available on other cellphones across other networks, simply text GETTV to 43888 from your phone. MobiTV will provide live coverage of the World Cup.
If you don't need live coverage, then you might want to check out ESPN 2010 FIFA World Cup for $7.99. Apple iPhone owners need to:
1. download the free app
2. Unlock the exclusive features by making an in-app purchase of $7.99 which include video recaps for every match, in-game video highlights and also live ESPN radio streams.
AT&T Mobile TV for $10 a month is also available to the owners of the Samsung Mythic and LG Arena; this AT&T Mobile service allows access to ESPN Mobile TV, but it's only available in selected areas.
Check all available AT&T Phones.
Verizon Wireless: Thanks to Univision, one can watch all 64 games live in Spanish by purchasing V Cast Video ($10 a month).
For owners of the HTC Imagio or the Motorola Krave, V Cast Mobile TV ($13-$15 a month) will show 56 live games.
Check out all available
T-Mobile: Only the HTC HD2 cellular phone together with MobiTV ($9.99 a month) enables you to watch the fifty-six live games. MobiTV is exclusive to the HD2 on T-Mobile.
Check out T-Mobile Phones.
Sprint: Most Sprint's available cell phone can access Live TV including the latest HTC EVO 4G with ESPN Mobile TV. It requires a data package though. Sprint clients, without the required data package, can upgrade for $15 with an add-on data pack.
Check out all Sprint Phones.
Now that you know all the available ways to watch the World Cup while at work, enjoy the game and don't miss the action.