Vodafone is expected to announce a huge increase in dividend payments when it unveils half-year profits on Tuesday. Analysts believe that new chief executive Arun Sarin will increase dividends by as much as 30% a share for the current financial year. Sarin, who took over from Sir Christopher Gent after the group's annual meeting in July, is also expected to give further details on the launch of Vodafone's 3G mobile service.
Today Enfour Group announced launch date for GlobalNavi - their new roaming content on Vodafone Global Standard (VGS) - Vodafone K.K.'s 3GPP-based, high-speed W-CDMA network. This new mobile service, called GlobalNavi, aggregates a full suite of data and voice services catering for the needs of international travellers in their native language. This service takes full advantage of the first truely global data roaming service provided by VGS.
In September, a group of IT professionals visited Japan to roll up their sleeves and find out who are pushing what enterprise applications here. With FeliCa debuting in trial form a few weeks from now, we were interested in hearing their views about Japan's ready-built business apps. infrastructure. You may be surprised by their findings. Independent consultant (and WWJ subscriber) Donal O'Shea was part of the group that included representatives of a major French airline, an Australian steel company and a UK-based package delivery company, together with Douglas Neal and Piet Opperman of CSC Research Services and Sebastien Bacholet of Cigref. They met with Qualcomm, HP, IBM, NTT DoCoMo, Alcatel/Fujitsu, Telecom France, Nissan, and Hitachi, and toured the Yokohama Reasearch Park. Wow, Big Big Itinerary… In a nutshell, concludes O’Shea, “carriers have never understood the enterprise…”
Japan is the nation of early adopters for mobile, but there's one consumer app. that went flat and is now undergoing heart massage by some of the country's biggest and best companies: Telematics is the name, and subscribers is the game. 2004 is supposed to be the year when Japanese Telematics Ver.2 gets cranked into first gear and out of the highway rest area (it was also supposed to happen this year.. shuuush!) Japanese Telematics comes in three main flavors, and in this program you'll get a taste of two of them. We managed to go for a ride on Toyota's G-Book and learn more about their new sense of community offering. And we interviewed Nissan --which has great future plans you'll get to virtually-virtually
Vodafone K.K. Tokyo, announced today that on December 1 it will commence nationwide sales of the V801SA by Sanyo, a new 3G handset compatible with Vodafone Global Standard (VGS) for use not only in Japan but abroad as well. With the launch of the V801SA, Vodafone K.K. will simultaneously offer new Vodafone live! mobile internet services exclusively for VGS. The V801SA Handset Offers Sha-mail and Movie Sha-mail Access Overseas 3G Vodafone live! to launch with rich and high-speed W-CDMA contents.
Philips Electronics launched a plug-and-play Bluetooth solution in a single chip package for applications such as mobile phones, headsets, car kits, and PDAs. The new Bluetooth solution, the BGB202 system-in-package (SiP), is said to be a breakthrough for designers of mobile devices through the integration of multiple technologies into one package, reducing the complete Bluetooth solution footprint to 56 sq mm. The BGB202 integrates everything needed for Bluetooth wireless technology functionality in one ultra-small format.
Vodafone K.K. announced today that from December 1 it will offer "Vodafone Happy Packet", a new discount service for packet data communications that makes Vodafone live! for PDC (2.5G) customers even easier to use with savings of up to 80%. Two types of Vodafone Happy Packet discounts will be available—Super (fixed monthly charge of 2,950 yen and 80% off) and Regular (fixed monthly charge of 1,200 yen and approximately 66% off). In addition, all of the fixed monthly charge can be used as a free charge allowance towards packet communications like Super Mail, web browsing, and Sky Mail (SMS) and voice communications as well. At a later date, Vodafone K.K. plans to separately announce details on a packet data communications discount for its Vodafone Global Standard 3G service.
Mediastick Inc started a new service called "Let's do MEDIASTICK" for mobile phone users on November 1. The service requires specific hardware and software to read the barcodes, but cell phones that are equipped with decoder software, called "QR Code Decoder," such as NTT DoCoMo's F505i, SH505i and D505iS series, also support Mediastick's system. All types of the 505iS series to be released from November can read the barcodes for the service.
The government is expected to invest 1.4 billion yuan (US$168.7 million) to aid the development of a homegrown standard for 3G mobile communications, according to industry insiders. Industry analysts say the new financing, along with a recent government decision to delay issuing 3G licenses to 2005, shows Beijing is determined to support a domestic standard rather than relying on foreign technology.
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries today announced the release of the mova P505iS, the world's first camera phone equipped with auto focus, on November 12, 2003. The P505iS is the second handset model released in the new 505iS series, a series of five PDC (2G) i-mode-capable mobile phones featuring mega-pixel cameras. The model's 1.28 mega-pixel CCD camera is equipped with auto-focus for sharp, clear photos.
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