IF YOU WANT podcasts delivered directly to your Nokia phone, you should have a flat data charge package or a wi-fi S60 phone. Above all else, you need the third edition of a Nokia Series 60 phone. This means the Nokia N80 instad of the N70 (although the N71 might be a S60 Third Edition device). Phones running the Third Edition of the S60 (formerly Series 60) smartphone platform use Symbian OS version 9. Previous versions of Series 60 were based on Symbian 8, which is not binary-compatible. That means software applications written for previous versions of Series 60 probably won't work on phones with the new S60 Third Edition.
Podcasts direct-to-phone is one of the behind-the-scenes capabilities of the new OS, which is similar in capabilities to Windows Mobile. The S60 adds the ability for soft-keys to be located down the side of the display instead of just along the bottom which equates to greater flexibility in phone design.
New software written for S60 Third Edition uses scalable vector graphics (SVG), which lets developers create one flexible screen layout instead of separate layouts for each supported screen size and shape. This is another reason old Series 60 software won't work with new S60 Third Edition devices.
Nokia's newest podcasting software, available in July 2006 to download from Nokia’s site for the latest Series 60 phones, lets you browse and search for shows with keywords via Wi-Fi and download them. You can search for all audio podcast plus find some MP4 video shows too.
If you're serious about this podcasting thing, you should set aside €500 and get a wi-fi S60 phone to keep your data habits in check. Don't expect a network subsidy on these kinds of smart phones.
via Slattery Communications (Thanks, Lisa!)