Does anyone know why in the world Nokia, SonyEricsson, Motorola, Siemens are NOT
supplying handsets for Euro-imode?
One reason might be that they really do want to go up against DoCoMo for
domination of the wireless Internet (is WAP vs imode still alive?). Another might
be that they just can't be bother to adopt their products for Euro-imode. The last
might be that DoCoMo is consciously omitting them from the suppliers list and only
wants companies which it can control, a la Japanese handsets vendors, to make any
money out of E-mode (is this revenge for the whole WAP challenge?).
Gustaf Rosell wrote:
> At 15:12 2002-02-07, you wrote:
> >E-Plus will start in March with i-mode, followed by KPN Mobile and KNP
> >Orange in April.
> >According to Nikkei the following manufacturers will introduce European
> >i-mode handsets:
> >NEC, Matsushita, Mitsubishi (no surprise among these three), Toshiba (big
> >surprise) and Taiwan EMS (huge surprise).
> Matsushita is actually a surprise, if somethinh really has been decided
> there. Especially after their strange journeys on the browser market with
> first their own, and now possibly Nokia's Series60 software (Symbian
> based). Another strange browser debacle is how on earth NEC DB700
> (non-DoCoMo version) came to get a b/w OpenWave browser. Did DoCoMo
> lobotomize them? A real shame on one of the few OK GPRS phones otherwise.
> Several Taiwanese manufacturers have been interested in i-mode (or, rather,
> they do what they are paid for...). There have been quite decent phones
> there for half a year or so. Say after me, OK Wap!
> Toshiba wanted to have a European strategy after the failure in their
> co-operation with Siemens.
> >Arjen van Blokland
> >ab_at_104.com / www.104.com
> >At 13:53 02/02/07 +0000, you wrote:
> > >7th Feb 2002
> > >
> > >ABSTRACT
> > >NTT DoCoMo is currently in talks with 3 leading German companies in order to
> > >bring imode services to Germany within several months.
> > >The main figure to emerge from the negotiations is mobile operatro E-Plus,
> > >15% owned by Dutch telco KPN who also plan to launch imode in the
> > >Netherlands in April 2002. DoCoMo's imode service topped 30 million
> > >subscribers in Dec 2001 but a slowing ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) and a
> > >sluggish start to their FOMA 3G service means that the Japanese giant has
> > >been more than keen to ensure future success by exploring foreign markets.
> > >The German launch will be in much the similar vein as the Dutch imode
> > >service which through KPN and KPN Orange will be available to half of their
> > >subscribers in the Netherlands and Belgium.
> > >
> > >http://www.wirelessworldforum.com/w2fnews11581.html
> > >
> > >
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