TV Cell Phones

Cell phones are constantly expanding their features from playing games and sending emails, to keeping your calendar.

The latest service touted by two phone companies watching TV on your cell phone.

Consumer Reports checked out what you're getting.

Verizon V Cast is a new service that lets you watch TV right on your cell phone.

Sure it looks great in the ad. But how does it work in real life? Consumer Reports' Chris Bucsko just took a look at Verizon V Cast, which costs $15a month for basic service. He also checked out Sprint TV, which costs $10 a month. First off, don't expect to tune in to your favorite show.

It's not live TV. These are prerecorded video clips you can download from several categories such as news, sports, or entertainment.

Chris found both services have pluses and minuses. While Sprint TV is available throughout the sprint network, watching a TV clip interferes with phone calls. Calls don't come through while you're watching TV. They get automatically routed to voice mail.

In contrast, Verizon V Cast accepts calls while you're watching a clip, as long as you're wearing a headset. But you can only get service in limited areas. The advanced network is not available everywhere you get Verizon phone service. And with both services, navigating the menu can be tricky, press the wrong button and you have to start all over again.

So all in all, no matter how great it looks in commercials, Consumer Reports says TV on your cell phone is not ready for prime time.


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