Verizon's new phone is worth watching

Watching videos on a cell phone is definitely a wave of the future.

Watching videos on a cell phone is definitely a wave of the future.

We'll all be doing it someday. Major companies like GM are already sending press conferences to cell phones.

As such, I was excited about testing out Verizon's V Cast service using its LG VX8000 phone.

V Cast promises 3D games, video clips, and music videos. The phone was relatively easy to figure out, though both my daughter and I kept downloading ring tones when we thought we were getting entire songs. I'm still not sure what went wrong there.

Watching the videos reminded me of the early days of internet press conferences - lips moved, sound came out, but not necessarily together. Speed is still an issue for advanced phone services like video, but I have faith techies somewhere will make it work better just as they did for computers.

When they do that, it will be hard to tell a cell phone from a computer.

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  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $149.99 after rebate for the LG VX8000; $15 per month for V Cast

    Available at; Verizon Wireless stores; Best Buy and Circuit City (participating locations)

    Specs 1.3 mega-pixel camera for videos or stills; speaker phone

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