Today's smartphones are great for keeping entertained when you are commuting or have nothing else today away from the home or office. You can stream all sorts of TV, sports, and movie content from various online sources. The catch is that if you are in a data roaming area or have a pay as you go data plan, streaming video content can get expensive very fast.
Nokia has announced a new solution that will allow users of Nokia smartphones that run Symbian^3 to watch TV programming on the go with no need for a data connection or WiFi network. That means that users can watch all the programming they want for free. The solution is called the Nokia Mobile TV Headset, DVB-H. As the name suggests the headset has an integrated DVB-H mobile TV tuner.
The headset allows the user to listen to the programming privately and can be used to make and receive phone calls on the Nokia phone. The device will ship in Q4 2010 for €40. The big downside is that the availability of DVB-H programming is still not great in many areas. That means you will want to be sure that programming is available before you ask for the headset this Christmas.