Just when you thought it was safe to open your mobile phone browser again ... well ... it's baaaack....

MobileESPN is back from the dead sheriff, only this time as a zombied version of its former self. No longer an MVNO, the service for sportos is now limited exclusively to Verizon Wireless subscribers under a new multi-year deal. According to the AP, the deal is not yet finalized but should be announced sometime today with a service launch in "the coming months." And it's free for those of you already ponyed up for VZW's VCAST service and compatible phone.

That's tech talk, and we don't really understand most of it, but from what we can gather, it sounds like ESPN Mobile is doing what it should have been doing all along: Working as a platform channel on another phone's already existing system. In other words, you don't have to buy an ESPN Mobile phone anymore just to receive it. Though, the way things are going, if you really want it — REALLY WANT IT — eventually someone will probably make you purchase DirectTV, just to be a dick about it.

Mobile ESPN Lives On Verizon [Engadget]