France Télécom, the parent company of mobile phone operator Orange, is offering a service that lets mobile phone users access videos, music and other content from their PCs.
Called "Mon PC à distance", the service requires subscribers in France to download a free software client onto their PCs. They can then use any mobile device with standard browsing and multimedia capabilities to view photos or videos and listen to music stored on their PCs. No special client software is needed on the mobile device.
France Télécom said it may introduce the service in its other mobile markets, such as the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia.
The service is similar to one introduced in November by Orb Networks, which also requires users to download some special client software to their PCs. Orb is one of the services offered with 3 Group's X-Series mobile data offering, although it can be accessed by any mobile phone with a browser and media player.
3 is charging customers £10 per month to use Orb and another service that lets them watch TV on their mobile phones. Orange customers pay €10 (£7) per month for unlimited use of Mon PC à distance.