Kill time anywhere with YouTube mobile

YouTube mobileNewTeeVee reports on the launch of YouTube mobile.

Now you can kill time watching YouTube videos anywhere, assuming you have a phone that can display streaming video. You should also have an unlimited data plan, lest you have to hold up a Brinks truck to pay your cell phone bill. Just go to http://m.youtube.com. (The link also works from a Web browser.)

YouTube previously had an exclusive deal with Verizon Wireless.

The current version of the service is limited to selected videos. You can’t log into your account and show strangers videos of your kids or access your playlists. According to the FAQ, “We have a selected library of videos on the mobile website. We try to make the best videos from the website available on mobile, and we are working hard to add more content.”

The videos were intelligible on my Samsung A900, though noticeably worse than the same videos on the Web. The quality will suffice for killing a few minutes before a flight.

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About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is CEO of redesign | mobile. 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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3 Responses to Kill time anywhere with YouTube mobile

  1. Alan Tai says:

    Like you, I tried out YouTube Mobile on my Samsung A920 dumphone. The selection was very disappointing. For this to take off, they need to transcode ALL their videos for mobile, not just a select few.

    Fortunately, Windows Mobile devices have been able to stream FULL YouTube videos using TCPMP media player, and the latest Opera Mobile or NetFront 3.4 browsers. Even the iPhone won’t be able to do this at launch…

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