Verizon phone “upgrade” blocks MP3s

I don’t care about the Windoze Treo (700w), but this is kindda evil…

Verizon phone “upgrade” blocks MP3s:
Xeni Jardin:

Fred von Lohmann says,

Verizon users who choose to “upgrade” their handsets to support the Verizon Wireless music store are doing so at a tradeoff: you’ll no longer be able to play MP3s on your phone.

The new phone software prevents you from playing MP3s on the phone as a result of an agreement Verizon Wireless made with Microsoft, the latter of whom stipulated that if the Verizon Wireless music store was gonna fly at all, MS wanted to make sure that phones using it could only play back Microsoft’s audio format.


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