“Sprint Nextel Corp. is poised for a full-scale launch of its high-speed wireless network, a service that will include the first over-the-air music download store in the United States,” Bruce Meyerson reports for The Associated Press. “The newly merged cell phone company was planning a series of major announcements for Monday morning.”
Meyerson reports, “In advance of the announcement, Sprint Nextel distributed review units of a new cell phone equipped with EV-DO, the technology with which the company’s network is being upgraded to offer speedier Internet connections and other data services. The Samsung handset also featured a menu icon for music that leads to a service named ‘Sprint Music Store’ offering downloads from a wide array of genres for $2.50 per song. The purchase entitles a user to download a copy of the same song to a computer as well.”
“There already are a growing number of phones that can store and play music — most notably the ROKR handset introduced last month by Motorola Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. for songs downloaded to a computer from Apple’s popular iTunes store. But only a few overseas cellular operators have launched services where the music can be delivered directly to a handset over the air,” Meyerson reports.
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