Until the iPhone came along last year, getting media on and off mobile phones was mostly a hit-and-miss affair that relied more on luck than commonsense.
The latest attempt to change that comes in the surprising shape of a set-top box from Japan's number two mobile carrier.
KDDI's 'au BOX' hits the market in November for ¥315 (£1.60) a month, offering subscribers to its mobile phones the opportunity to fill their handsets with media via the TV set.
Instead of using a PC and some kind of iTunes-like software to move movies and music to phones, the au BOX enables the TV as a web browser and prepares anything downloaded from au's various media services for transfer to a phone.
The Linux-based machine also has a DVD drive and can rip films and music CDs into a phone-compatible format too. Once done, it's a simple matter of connecting box and handset via USB for a quick mobile media hit.
Making things as simple as possible for users, au then charges everything to the monthly mobile bill to form a single payment.
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