This has been a pretty interesting story so far.
I've been watching as this one develops and so far it's pretty neat. I
think a lot of people on this list will be pretty involved with this
At first I almost thought that this was an ISP making a play to become a
4th (or 5th depending on how you count) player in Japan, but on closer
inspection it doesn't look to be quite the case.
eMobile is trying to make a play for purely mobile broadband. They are not
offering any traditional cellphones or standard voice service. The EM-ONE
does not have voice call or video phone capabilities built in. It is just
a PDA with a cellular data modem built in.
In that sense, eMobile is more like data resellers like BMobile, apparently
hitching a ride on NTT Docomo's HSDPA network.
I got to hands-on with one of these yesterday, and it looks pretty good.
Similar to the Willcom W-Zero3. Perhaps a little flimsy on construction,
but mercifully light.
A few questions/points of concern.
1. Non standard display. While the 800x480 display is neat, will 3rd
party apps have difficulty working on a non standard display?
2. Will lack of cellphone features mean no support for Microsoft Push
3. Will the device have a suspend mode like WM5 Phone edition? Without
it, apps like Skype will chew through the 4 hour battery life. With an all
you can eat data plan you really want an always on net connection for live
On the plus side, web browsing is good. One-seg TV is a nifty (if not
necessary) add on, the ability to use the PDA as a modem is great.
They still had some problems with their network, so I haven't seen wireless
performance. I wouldn't be surprised to see their start date pushed back a
bit. If not, though it will start off an interesting summer.
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Been quiet around here. Did you all fall asleep - or did I get kicked
of the list?
Anyway, anyone have any views on the new Emobile first offerings?
Emobile to launch world's 1st fixed-rate broadband wireless
> The new handset can download data at a rate up to 3.6 megabits per
> second. The monthly fixed-rate basic charge is 5,980 yen, while a
> two-year contract comes to 39,800 yen, which includes the price of
> the handset.
Looks like only handset to start with is yet another Sharp Windows
Mobile device - and some data cards.
Anyone know if they are gonna do any other hand sets? (With bluetooth
modems?) The web site is still a bit sparse:
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