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.