One of the things in and around the podcasting world I have never bought into is this belief that “when people start listening on their MP3 enabled phones, that’s when things will really take off.” I never believed that because I’ve never had a cellphone where doing anything other than making and receiving a call wasn’t a complete pain in the ass. I have an alarm clock function on my current Motorola and it takes 4 minutes of navigating through umpteen menus just to turn the goddamn thing on. iPods are popular for a reason – you can use them easily. All the cellphones I’ve ever owned are generally difficult to use for any ancillary functions.
Now comes the news from Techdirt that Verizon is removing MP3 playback from phones in favor of Windows formats (via Makezine). I would not suggest holding breath waiting on that cellphone/podcasting nirvana.