BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and PALO ALTO, CA — Verizon Wireless and popular mobile entertainment provider mSpot, Inc. today launched mSpot® Radio™, providing access to one of the widest selections of music – and most customized experiences – on mobile in the market, combining the best of all formats for radio. The service includes branded talk and commercial-free music radio, personal radio, live local stations across the United States, and Clear Channel’s iheartradio.
“When it comes to radio access and music discovery on their phones, people demand variety,” said Ed Ruth, director of business development and partner management at Verizon Wireless. “But customers also want quality. Working with mSpot and others, we’re bringing different and sophisticated new apps to all of our phones, including 3G Multimedia handsets and 3G smartphones.”
mSpot Radio is available on more than 60 3G Multimedia and Simple Feature phones from Verizon Wireless that use the Brew® platform. mSpot delivers the best radio experience on each phone by matching different application platforms and audio encodings to individual handsets and networks. The application allows customers to easily browse content, including nationally recognized talk shows, access recently played stations, and bookmark favorite stations. In addition, the Personal Radio function allows customers to create their own stations with music from their favorite artists. Within Personal Radio, customers can skip, ban or heart stations to further customize their stations. Users can also download songs that are available as full songs, ringtones and ringback tones straight to their handsets.
“mSpot is proud to work with Verizon Wireless to power its mobile radio offerings for 3G Multimedia customers. We are combining rich and easy-to-use functionality and premium content – which means the best possible mobile radio experience for customers,” said mSpot chief executive officer Daren Tsui.
mSpot Radio offers more than 70 genre stations that include pop, urban, R&B, hip-hop and Latin, as well as more than 440 local radio stations from major markets, including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Austin, Texas. Stations are updated weekly to feature new releases and hits. In addition, the Ten Spot station, a mSpot exclusive, features the music of different new artists each week. mSpot content partners include ABC, FOX Sports, NPR, Disney, SportingNews, MarketWatch, PRI, Rooftop Comedy, and The Onion Radio News.
mSpot Radio is the latest major announcement from mSpot, which recently launched its first-to-market free cloud music service, www.mspot.com, giving customers instant access to their music collections via smartphones and computers. In addition, mSpot launched its mobile movie service, www.mspotmovies.com, which allows customers to stream full-length feature films to smartphone devices. The mSpot Movies application is available on many Android devices in Android Market™ and other smartphones, including BlackBerry® and Palm® smartphones via the mobile Web.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About mSpot, Inc.
mSpot, Inc. is a mobile and PC entertainment company that delivers music, movies, radio and TV to more than six million mobile customers across 10 wireless carriers. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, mSpot is on the Web at www.mspot.com.