There could be an increase in the number of people trying to recycle their mobile phone soon as MetroPCS Communications became the first company to announce plans for a device that can tune into live TV.
This new capability is said to be part of a Samsung smartphone coming later this year.
Product manager for digital media at MetroPCS Stephen Jemente emphasised that the phone will be different as it will get local stations for news, weather and traffic reports.
Currently MetroPCS isn't sure how much the TV-capable phones would cost or if it would charge monthly to access TV broadcasts. Each phone will have an extendable antenna for the TV signals.
“Consumers will be able to enjoy the local nightly news on the bus, their favorite daytime talk show on their lunch break or live sporting events while running errands,” the company said.
Currently it's possible to watch live TV on mobile phones in several countries but it is only mainstream in South Korea and Japan.
Posted by Simon Thomas