npr’s slick mobile implementation

January 8th, 2008 is a well put together little site. You can read the text of stories as you can on the main site, and you can listen to them as well. But rather than mess around with figuring out which mobile phone supports what plug-ins and downloading a big media file over cellular, they invoke a little known protocol called “wtai”, prompting your device to place a phone call which then plays the story to you. The downside is that it costs you minutes, and these days, data plans tend to be unlimited while calling plans aren’t. Also, it leaves iPod touch users and the five people who bought those Nokia n-series tablets out in the cold.

2 Responses to “npr’s slick mobile implementation”

  1. Jeff says:

    NPR’s podcasts are pretty great too. — I’m a big fan specifically of the technology and pop culture roundups.

  2. Dennis says:

    Here’s an inside tip on a hot domain that’s up for auction: Whoever buys this site can make an affiliate marketing killing selling all things iPhone. Watch the bidding war for it here: