March 2008 report that I keep coming back to when I think about the possibilities of feature phones as news/info media — for distribution and interaction.
"Podlinez is a free service that lets you listen to podcasts on your phone. Enter the RSS feed URL for a podcast in the box above to get a phone number you can call to hear it, or browse our directory for a number to try. If your favorite podcast isn't already in our directory, you can add it immediately and it'll be available to call within minutes."
"Use the * and # keys on your phone to skip forward and back in one minute increments through the recording. Podlinez always keeps the latest version of the podcast on hand."
This seems to list services that focus on recording and posting from your phone, not subscribing to and listening from your phone. But still interesting
George Kelly told me about this system, used to manage audio comments phoned in to a news site & get content from them for the site.
"Record on-the-fly with any phone using Evocaâ€™s publicly available phone numbers — recordings appear instantly in your account in MP3 format. You can register up to 30 phone numbers and 30 Skype accounts to invite enable work groups, classes, project teams, or families to record into the same Evoca Express account. Upgrade to a Local or Toll-free subscription, and in addition to your dedicated phone number and custom welcome greeting, you also can register up to 30 phone numbers and 30 Skype accounts."
"According to NPDâ€™s Q2 2009 ranking of handsets, the LG enV2 and Samsung Rant led feature phone sales, while Apple iPhone 3G and RIM Blackberry Curve were the top-selling smartphones.
â€œDespite their ties to pricey data plans, the rich Internet access capabilities of smartphones are attracting consumers wooed by lower device prices,â€ said Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis at The NPD Group.
"The research shows that Wi-Fi capability increased three-fold since last year, with 20 percent of all new handsets equipped with this capability.