Telstra has released The Official AFL App to coincide with the start of the 2010 football season, but while this is likely a welcome addition to any footy fan’s iPhone, the $5.99-per-month subscription model might be a barrier for some.
The app allows fans to watch exclusive video content including match highlights and interviews, see live score updates and listen to audio of match commentary. There are also player profiles, latest AFL and club news, and an interactive 2010 ladder. Best of all, data usage for Telstra Next G customers is unmetered.
The only quibble we have here at AMW is the price – are footy fans going to be happy to pay $5.99 per month for the privilege of immersing themselves in the game while on the go? Reaction has been mixed, with most users either loving the access it affords them or hating the ongoing pricetag.
Along with the release of the paid app, Telstra has updated the AFL mobile site with a new design that better showcases its range of match information, news and video. So AFL fans with a Next G or 3G mobile (though this may not include the iPhone) should be able to listen to match commentary, get access to scores and stats and play Toyota AFL Dreamteam and AFL tipping – all for free.
NRL and V8 apps are also on the way from Telstra.