"J. Sean Bennett" wrote:
> Good-Monday to you all;
> Many of you may have seen this story on Asia Links already;
> "...In Japan, there has been no contest between i-mode and Wap.
> The EZ system (based on Wap) is faster and technically superior,
> but i-mode is cheaper and has greater marketing clout. Who says
> the best man wins? Remember VHS vs Betamax. ..."
I am always facinated by blanket quotes like "technically superior" --
as an engineer I ponder what that phrase means.
But what nobody seems to understand is the that the success of I-Mode
has NOTHING to do with technical standards; it's the business model that
was successful, and it's the business model that DoCoMo will export out
of Japan and it's the business model that is killing the current WAP
I-Mode business model on WAP or 2-way pagers or cHTML...it doesn't
matter how the bits flow, people want a pricing structure, contents, and
a settlement system.
And the more European/US wireless fanatics ignore this truth, the more
likely they are to be crushed, regardless of technology.
r e n
Received on Mon Jun 19 18:12:00 2000