calvin lash wrote:
> > > To build the new e-commerce standard the three phone manufacturers will be
> > > using technology they jointly developed for WAP, which has become the de facto
> > > standard protocol for mobile web-pages.
> Like it or not, iMode (a CHTML variant) has the market share in Japan.
> As long as DoCoMo keeps it's competitive edge, WAP will continue to be
> marginalized here. Have I got it wrong, but isn't the greater concern
> DoCoMo's control over iMode portal?
de facto (d fkt, d)
In reality or fact; actually.
1.Actual: de facto segregation.
2.Actually exercising power though not legally or officially established: a
de facto government.
[Latin: d, from, according to + fact, ablative of factum, fact.]
I have a real issue with the abuse of the word "de facto". WAP and WML is a standard,
but the REAL de facto standard is cHTML on I-Mode because 6 million people are USING it.
> Fortress like m-portals that don't allow access from outside KEITAI of
> competing systems/companies are a step backward to the bad old days of
> MPT monopolies.
The new 503i series I-Mode phones will supposedly include the ability uniquely identify
a handset (something you can only do now if you're on the I-Menu gateway) and that
should make the portal and m-commerce situation very interesting.
> And not to single out DoCoMo......the word on the street in the Bit
> Valley (Shibuya-Ebisu) is that the normally forward-thinking Nokia has
> bought the TokyoQ <http:www.tokyoq.com>. From what I hear, Nokia plans
> to post all TokyoQ's astute/quirky content on it's own m-site that will
> be accessible via a Nokia KEITAI only. Sheesh. Somebody has been smoking
> too much lutfisk again.
You can see Nokia's site under $B<-=q!&JXMx%D!<%k(B near the bottom of the I-Menu, complete
with Tokyo Q contents. The first official website with any English contents of any depth
whatsoever (I don't think Daily Yomiuri counts b/c most of their readers -- even for the
English paper -- are Japanese).
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