NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight subsidiaries announced today that they will launch V-Live(TM) service for videophones beginning May 1, 2003. M-Stage V-Live is a one-to-many video streaming service that enables users to download or stream a variety of live and archived content via 64 Kbps circuit-switched wireless transmission. The new offering will be available for P2101V, P2102V, D2101V, SH2101V, and T2101V FOMA handsets.
Sharp Corporation has signed an agreement with Datang Telecom Technology Co., Ltd., a major Chinese manufacturer of communications equipment, to supply camera-equipped GSM mobile phones to the Chinese market. Sharp has been manufacturing and selling audio-visual products, home appliances, office equipment and electronic components in China, but this is the company's first entry into the Chinese mobile phone market.
Nooper.com is an unlikely name for a technology that aims to turbocharge mobile mail. The system lets users specify events - "Noopies" - and then receive notification (as well as content) via keitai; Noopies can be anything - a Mail Checker Noopie alerts you when your corporate account gets a new mail, a Reminder Noopie tells you when rain is more than 40% likely (Remember your kasa!), and a List Noopie keeps you in touch with multiple buddies on a mailing list. The jury's still out on whether Nooper can succeed in Japan's roiling mobile market, but if they can succeed here, they can probably succeed anywhere. Full Program Run-time 16:48
WWJ subscribers did a great job of summarizing and opinion-izing on the state of the mobile Internet in Europe, and I would venture that the information contained below in today's newsletter probably couldn't be purchased anywhere - or if it could, the cost would be substantial. My overall take after reading, editing (slightly), and collating the responses is that - Wow! - Europe's come a long way in the past two years. It strikes me that Europe 2003 is akin to Japan 2000, with new networks, data services, and innovative business models all being trialed, proven, and - in some cases (Did someone say "KPN i-mode?") disproven.
A year ago, NTT DoCoMo looked like yet another Japanese company gone astray. A year ago, NTT DoCoMo looked like yet another Japanese company gone astray. After writing off half of the $16 billion it had invested in overseas phone companies, Japan's No. 1 wireless operator plunged into the red for the first time since its founding in 1991. Its reputation as a leader in innovation took a beating after it was late to offer cell phones with built-in cameras, the latest rage in Japan. And the launch of its much-hyped 3G high-speed mobile service turned out to be a much-publicized flop.
This week, WWJ sits down with Sony Ericsson to look into the design process that animates Japan's ubercool handset industry. We ask about product planning, design peculiarities of the Japanese market, development for overseas, and about new technologies - like removable memory and swivel cameras. Sony Ericsson is one of Japan's top handset factories and their new-last-week 505i handset for DoCoMo is the only one with a 1.3-megapixel camera. If there's something these folks don't know about creating handsets, it's not worth knowing. Full Program Run-Time 22:13
A man posing as a deliveryman kidnapped the 12-year-old daughter of a company president but later released her, police said Monday. The man visited the home of the junior high school student in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday while her parents were out.
Visa International, Nippon Shinpan, Aeon Credit Service, OMC Card, and NTT DoCoMo announced that they have agreed to commercialize credit card settlements using mobile phones, and that they will start a trial service soon. The mobile phones designated for the trial service are NTT DoCoMo's i-mode-supporting 504i series and 504iS series that have the infrared communication function to download Java applications.
A Shinto priest at a historic Kobe shrine has been busted red-handed for taking a shot up a woman's skirt at a pachinko parlor with a camera-equipped mobile phone, police said. When a female employee of the parlor came close to the seat he had taken up, the 42-year-old priest thrust his mobile phone under her skirt and took a photo.
Japanese companies have a technology edge derived from digital media expertise, and particularly long experience with displays and cameras; experience in multimedia applications, from i-mode in the domestic market, has led to software and application expertise. Japanese companies have a technology edge derived from digital media expertise, and particularly long experience with displays and cameras; experience in multimedia applications, from i-mode in the domestic market, has led to software and application expertise.
>Mobikyo K.K. publishes Wireless Watch Japan, organizes MobileMonday Tokyo networking events and operates Mobile Intelligence study tours providing related custom research and advisory services. Mobikyo's founding directors are deeply connected with, respected by, and committed to, Japan's wireless and IT business community. Thousands of managers, planners, engineers and strategists depend on Mobikyo to learn about Japan's unique business models, technologies, contents, services, applications and hardware from the most innovative test-bed market for next-generation mobile industry. "Mobikyo" was chosen for the unique blending of Mobile and Tokyo. However, depending on the kanji character used for kyo, it could also mean association, capital, religion or today. With fantastic support from our clients, partners and affiliates in Japan and overseas, we have become the trusted source of independent market intelligence & business networking connections based in Tokyo.
MobileMonday Tokyo is a leading networking organization supporting Tokyo's mobile industry. We launched in September 2004, with over 70 events to-date, hosting an average 100-200 industry delegates. MobileMonday is an open platform for mobile industry visionaries, developers and industry insiders fostering cooperation and business development through live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends from global markets. Chapters are active in over 100 cities worldwide and new locations continue to launch monthly. Founded in Helsinki, Finland, in 2000, MobileMonday is organized by a global team of 300+ volunteers and it has become the world's largest mobile community network. Details via MoMo Tokyo website
Mobile Intelligence offers related custom research and consulting designed specifically for industry executives working in sales, marketing, product development, strategy, venture capital and the media. From private workshops and conference presentations to trend spotting innovation and detailed analysis, our services are based on the direct experience and lessons learned in the Japanese mobile market. We also run a unique in-Japan guided tour service providing market introductions, personal connections and actionable lessons for clients overseas. Delegates take part in seminar and attend inside sessions, at individual companies, in technology showrooms, and -- most importantly -- on the fabled streets of Tokyo. Alumni return home with a competitive edge, integrated awareness and personal contacts moving them to the forefront of new business development. Full details via Mobile Intelligence website