I was following the discussion about acceptance of i-mode in Europe with a
lot of interest. I have written my diploma thesis about the subject a year
ago and of course was eager to get one of the first i-mode handsets
available in Germany.
As an EX E-Plus i-mode subscriber I can only say that the N21i is the
crapiest phone available in Germany today. I had to recharge every 20 hours.
Frequently, the phone would freeze or reset itself.
If you ask me, the most important thing I want to do with a phone is still
to make and receive calls. I need a phone that lasts 4 days without
recharging and that works when I need it. Those are absolut "hygiene
factors", they do not make me buy the phone, but they just HAVE TO BE THERE.
In case of the N21i, they just aren't, which is the reason why I just sold
it over E-Bay (how can you pay 105 EUR for it???) and canceled my i-mode
Conclusion: Even with the most advanced service line-up, i-mode will never
take off in Europe if they continue to offer only CRAP handsets.
[mailto:keitai-l-bounce_at_appelsiini.net]Im Auftrag von Arjen van Blokland
Gesendet: Montag, 12. Mai 2003 16:01
Betreff: (keitai-l) Re: i-mode subscribers numbers Q1 2003
There are a couple of reasons why it is a very little more popular in
- KPN gave 20,000 phones away to employees of a bank in order to reach the
100,000 subs; I heard rumours that these 20,000 new i-mode subs were/are
not the most fanatic i-mode users.
- KPN is the largest carrier in Holland and they offered very cheap i-mode
phones (the crap N21i model) for replacement; E-Plus is just a smaller
player in Germany with less marketing power.
- Commercial campaign of i-mode in Holland was not regarded as very
successful. V-Live commercials were much better.
At 17:17 03/05/12 +0900, you wrote:
> > KPN has just released the i-mode subscriber numbers as of March 31,
> > KPN Mobile (Netherlands): 137,000 i-mode subs out of 4,908,000 mobile
> > E-Plus (Germany): 140,000 i-mode subs out of 7,446,000 mobile
> > Base (Belgium): 8,000 i-mode subs out of 1,131,000 mobile subscribers.
>That's interesting...since you are originally from the Netherlands,
>do you have an explanation why they got almost more than in Germany
>even (AFAIK) they launched later?
>Honestly the advertising of i-mode in Germany would make me go
>to the competition.
>Juergen Specht, CTO, Nooper.com - Mobile Services Inc., Tokyo, Japan
>i-mode & FOMA consulting, development, testing: http://nooper.co.jp
>Check Nooper, your little intelligent email buddy: http://nooper.com
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