Watching streaming movies on your cell phone

Sprint announced today that customers can watch streaming movies on their cell phones.

I just don’t see this happening. For $4-$6, depending on the movie, you can watch it stream on to your tiny screen and listen on tinny speaker(s). I own the Samsung A900 that they’re using in the press for the movie service and I don’t think I get 2 hours of talk time on a full charge. Using the Internet connection (required for movie streaming) seems to drain the battery even faster.

I have watched TV and video clips (streamed from my Orb server) on the phone and it works quite nicely. I also occasionally call up movie trailers if I’m out and want to find out more about a movie. But I don’t think I’ve ever watched for longer than 5 minutes.

One thing not mentioned in the press materials is that you can’t receive calls while you’re watching a movie – your calls will go straight to voicemail.

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About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. His personal blog is at http://blog.agrawals.org and tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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