Telstra expects more than one million Australians will pay $500 for new handsets, plus an extra $10-$17 per month for content, when the telco launches its own version of the i-mode mobile phone content service before Christmas. The Australian carrier became the first telco in the English-speaking world to sign up with the Japanese telco, NTT DoCoMo, which claims 41 million subscribers for the service in its own country.
The i-mode platform is technology agnostic, meaning it can work on 2G and 2.5G GSM and GPRS technologies, plus future 3G systems. Users who subscribe to the service are promised a vast range of games, email, Internet, messaging, news and information services. Continue >>