This week, we finish up our Killer Interview Series and find out how NTT DoCoMo is handling spam, a serious quality-of-service issue. Why don't the other carriers have similar spam problems? Maybe they're just not telling...
PLUS, We finally present you the results from our Survey taken in March.
In the first part of our Killer Interview Series with one of Tokyo's contrarian telecoms analysts, we find out what happens to data ARPU when price-insensitive, heavy-volume users migrate to new services (like Java). The answer? It's not a pretty sight, and the same may be in store for 3G. Plus, we cover ARPU stats, compare FOMA data usage to 2G, and reveal what generates the most packet traffic (think "self-generated content").
Tango Town -- a recently launched J-Sky wireless Web site -- works as well with Japanese fonts, characters, and data encodings as with English.
Is this a model for multilingual mobile sites on the babble of baby i-modes in the European multilanguage market?
We interview Roy Tseng, a Tokyo resident, Web developer, and long-time keitai enthusiast about the good, the bad, and the cool on Japanese cell phones.
Find out how J-Phone's camera phones can be used in Tokyo bars to boost one's social life.. sort of...
Does MPEG 4 have the wireless video industry all wrapped up.. Maybe not.
J-Phone is using the NANCY codec for Movie Sha Mail, and this week we visited Office Noa, the company that developed NANCY and hear their CEO plans to beat MPEG at its own game.
The phone is still not an "IT sale" in Japan, but we talk to one mobile application developer that is trying to effect change -- and is having some success.
Hear why KDDI 3G is a better bet than DoCoMo's FOMA for enterprise apps.
There's only one airline with a 3G-optimized, bilingual, B2C presence on all three of Japan's wireless webs, and it isn't even a Japanese carrier!
Join us for an exclusive, in-depth profile of Cathay Pacific's consumer-facing wireless strategy and find out why a foreign airline is spending so much to get mobilized in Japan.
This week, Wireless Watch Japan sits down for coffee with Drew Freyman, Tokyo pointman for Nokia Venture Partners, a VC fund targeting the wireless space. We ask "Can Japanese wireless service providers follow DoCoMo overseas?"
Hint: NVP has yet to place an investment in Japan... Gulp!
Dr. Masayuki Fujise from Yokosuka Research Park's Communications Research Labs talks about the Intelligent Transport System and a fiber-optic-based road-to-vehicle wireless system that will stream multi-megabyte files to your car in under 10 minutes.
Wireless connections at fiber speed to your car by 2010 8-)
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