Cingular Scores Sopranos

Chalk one up for Cingular Wireless, which today announced a multi-year exclusive deal with HBO to get clips of favorite TV shows, including The Sopranos, sent to mobile phones. The cellphone company, which is getting ready to ratchet up a high-speed wireless network from 16 markets to 100 by next year, believes this will encourage cell phone users to purchase its service plans rather than Sprint's. The one problem I see is the word "clips." I don't particularly want clips. I want a whole show. Start-to-finish. Whether or not this is just a tease for things to come, I don't know. Assuming we get true 3G high-speed mobile service soon, I would have to guess things will only get better.

HBO aims Sopranos clips at Cingular phones-analyst [Reuters]