Thanks for the info. I remember I got an Ericsson A1018s while on a biztrip
to Barcelona 1y1/2 ago and already had some ring tone customization
capabilities but just didn't hear anybody using them.
Pricing feels higher than in Japan, where one of J-Phones charges me
Y30/song (less in bulk). The pre-pay option is welcomed (And I don't mean
Mobiler's Check). Any idea what % the record companies typically get?
Vincent J. Luna, Director
JAPON.NET llc.: Making Your Company Visible in Japan
iMode Eye: Independent Source on Japan's mBiz
on 01.4.22 4:18 PM, Solberg, Kristian at SolbergK_at_logica.com wrote:
> Being from the "arguably the world capital of cell phone use - Scandinavia"
> I can assure that this article (as virtually all American coverage of mobile
> technology) is incorrect. The ability to download ringtones has been a craze
> in Scandinavia for as long as it's been a craze in Japan. The "enter a
> credit card number" is equally far from the standard. In much the same way
> that Docomo cuts in on traffic in Japan, the same is true for the
> distribution of ringtones in Scandinavia. Since the tones are distributes as
> binary attachments to SMS messages, the various vendors are allocated easy
> to remember SMS numbers (1997 is an example from Norway). The messages to
> these numbers are billed at a higher rate than normal SMS messages
> (typically in the 1,5 - 2 $ range) and the ringtone is sent if the SMSC
> accepts the message (cash is present in pre-pay, billable in post-pay).
> -----Original Message-----
> From: JAPON.NET [mailto:web_at_japon.net]
> Sent: 20 April 2001 14:16
> Handsets in Europe Strike a New Chord as Pop Music Replaces Beeps
> By T.R. Reid, Washington Post Foreign Service
> Friday, April 20, 2001; 12:21 AM
> So it is happening in Europe too. Japan is not absolutely unique after all.
> Interesting the different billing models.
> Quote (Disclaimer: Not representative of the article. Please read the whole
> thing before flaming/praising the writer)
> The ring-tone trade started last year among a few spunky start-up companies.
> But now the major cellular operators are jumping on the bandwagon. Klingelt
> $BSO(Jes have proven far more popular than other heavily promoted cellular
> ventures, like the vaunted "wireless Internet" that has been a flop so far.
> Vincent J. Luna, Director
> JAPON.NET llc.: Making Your Company Visible in Japan
> web_at_japon.net http://www.japon.net/web/
> iMode Eye: Independent Source on Japan's mBiz
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Received on Wed Apr 25 11:53:35 2001