CNN: The technology executives and analysts here in Barcelona this week are trying to figure out how take all the content found on the Web and migrate it to your mobile device. There are a number of hurdles though. Most of what people find at Web sites is free to the user, whether it’s silly videos on YouTube or news footage and stories on CNN.com.The mobile phone network operators like to charge for content. One executive, who didn’t want to be quoted, told CNN this creates a “closed garden” of content that is controlled by your mobile operator and is dependent on what deals the operator has with a select group of content providers.
That couldn’t be more different from the advertising supported model of most Web sites and the hyperlinked world of the Web. (…)
The second challenge is that so much of what is viewed on the Net is user generated content; videos, personal Web pages, social networking sites.
This is the material that phone operators and handset makers want to offer. Nokia for instance announced Monday that users of its N90 series of big screen handsets will be able to access YouTube’s mobile service when it launches.