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V CAST was a 3G EV-DO network created by Verizon Wireless to deliver audio, video, and entertainment content. It was shut down in December 2012.[1] The typical download speed is between 800 kilobits and 1.4 megabits per second with burst speeds of up to 3.1 megabits per second. V CAST provided music downloads and streaming video clips, which could be saved to the phone or a removable memory card, though they couldn't be read by other phones or computers, since they were heavily protected by digital rights management software based on Windows Media Video 9 and developed by PacketVideo [1]. There was buffering before the video stream was played and possibly during video playback, depending on the quality of the connection. V CAST was implemented as a permanently installed BREW application on a V CAST compatible phone.

V CAST prevented video playback and menu navigation if there was no EV-DO coverage available.

V CAST was one of the few mobile phone-based systems on which more advanced games, including those with 3-D graphics (similar in quality to the original PlayStation or the Sega Saturn), could be played. Most, but not all, V CAST games required airtime for use, but most of the V CAST plans gave users unlimited airtime for all videos and games.

The V CAST service plans provided both basic and premium content, and the service provided users with the ability to upload music from personal computers to cellphones—some with the help of third-party software such as BitPim.

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