The first year that the general public could watch free live TV on a phone was in 2004 when Finnish phone maker Nokia launched its 7700 model, dubbed as the pioneer mobile device able to receive video broadcasts meant for television sets. The phone also had a built-in FM radio.
Though Nokia was the first to launch a television-capable phone to the general public, it wasn't the only company to dabble in the technology. Samsung also developed a television phone around the same time, but this was meant only for the South Korean market. Likewise, Vodafone KK of Japan was also planning to release its own television phone version.