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YouTube Goes Mobile

Starting in December, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to access YouTube, the video-sharing Web site owned by Google, from their mobile devicesStarting in December, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to access YouTube, the video-sharing Web site owned by Google, from their mobile devices.

In its first mobile-distribution agreement, YouTube has partnered with Basking Ridge-based Verizon Wireless to enable V CAST customers to view YouTube’s most popular content from their mobile phones for a limited time. Customers can subscribe to V Cast as an add-on feature to their Verizon Wireless calling plan. There are no airtime charges to stream or watch V CAST content.

“This service offers our community and Verizon Wireless subscribers a new opportunity to connect and engage with their favorite videos,” says Steve Chen, chief technology officer and co-founder of YouTube. “We will continue to roll out more exciting partnerships and features for the mobile user over the coming year.”

In other Verizon Wireless news, the company says it has expanded its network with two new cell sites. The sites, both in Essex County, aim to improve network coverage and capacity in sections of Glen Ridge and Montclair, says the company.

Verizon Wireless officials say the company has spent roughly $2 billion to upgrade its New York Metro area network to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company’s voice and data services, including its V CAST service. The company reported adding 1.9 million new customers during the third quarter, which brings its total number of customers to 56.7 million nationwide. – Staff Writer Jim McConville contributed reporting.

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