updated 8/1/2006 8:31:07 AM ET 2006-08-01T12:31:07

Verizon Wireless is dumping the monthly $15 fee for its music download service, as it switches to a new marketing effort.

The move comes as it launches a cell phone featuring an iPod-like click wheel and a memory card that can hold up to one thousand songs.

The new "Chocolate" handset, made by L-G Electronics, features software that will let users play their own MP3 format music on the device in addition to songs purchased from Verizon's music store.

Songs purchased from the V Cast Music store, priced at a dollar-99 each, can be downloaded twice: once over the cellular network to the phone, and once over the Internet to a computer.

The Chocolate phone also can play songs that users copy from their own music collections in the MP3 format.

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