The former J-Phone lost considerable ground to DoCoMo in particular in man-machine business applications. The idea of being able to pay for stuff from your phone from Japan's ubiquitous vending machines (24-hour booze, cigarettes and some really exotic stuff too) is old hat here. But, now, here's a move that could presage a Vodafone move to remote monitoring business. Vodafone K.K. today announced that it would begin selling a remote module (the VRM301R) to industrial and business machine manufacturers.
With the launch of Casio's A5403CA for KDDI, Sharp's SH505iS for DoCoMo, and our old friend the V601SH from Sharp to Vodafone, Japan has truly entered the 2-megapixel era. Beyond this, KDDI is planning A5502K with a xenon lamp flash unit this month. With two megapixels and onboard electronic flash, photography with mobile phones will make major inroads into digital camera territory.
Slots are still available for the "Japan Mobile Goes Global" teleseminar (Th., Feb. 5, 15:00 UTC), shaping up to be one of this quarter's best intelligence events direct from Japan. Hosted by the Wireless Watch Japan Media Project the "Japan Mobile Goes Global" teleseminar will bring five of Japan's top industry experts together to discuss, debate, and forecast how local developments in 3G, m-commerce, downloadable applications, and handset technology will affect Europe, GSM markets, the US/Canada, and elsewhere. The teleseminar will permit callers to listen live to exclusive commentary and ask questions to obtain expert advice direct from savvy Japan insiders.
Renesas Technology Corp. today announced its decision to incorporate Microsoft Corp.'s digital audio and video codec technology, Windows Media Audio and Video 9 Series, and RealNetworks' Inc.'s digital audio and video codec technologies, RealAudio 10 /RealVideo 10, into the SH-Mobile Series of application processors for next-generation mobile phone systems. These two technologies are widely used in such devices as PCs, PDAs and portable players, and their inclusion in the SH-Mobile, one of the world-leading application processors, will enable them to be installed in mobile phones, greatly increasing their market penetration.
The TS41 by Sanyo is a hot topic this month for one simple, you don't have to press this small cell phone to your ear. Tu-Ka Cellular has the world's first bone conduction cell phone. All you need do is put the top side of the phone on your jaw or any part of your head, and an installed vibration transmitter "Sonic Speaker" will transmit sound through the bone, enabling listening clarity even in noisy places such as a construction area, for example. Originally, this phone was designed for elderly people and others with hearing disabilities. Details in Japanese Here
Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of semiconductor chip-maker Intel Corp., has invested in a Tokyo-based mobile virtual network operator that is offering nationwide fixed-price wireless access through both wireless LAN and mobile telephone networks. The investment, the value of which was not disclosed, makes Intel Capital a minority shareholder in Japan Communications Inc. and is aimed at giving a boost to the company, and ultimately the domestic market for wireless data communications, company executives said at a Tokyo news conference on Thursday.
JCB Co., Ltd., the international payment brand, is offering a trial service for Mobile OfficaTM, a contactless chip and mobile solution that offers corporations cashless payment and office access control functions through 'NTT DoCoMo's i-mode(R) FeliCa Preview Service' for mobile phones. The trial service, available until July 2004, marks the first time that a credit card payment service has been made available for mobile phones with a contactless chip in Japan.
GRIC Communications, Inc., a leading provider ofsecure, managed broadband and global remote access solutions for enterprises and serviceproviders, today announced a milestone Wi-Fi agreement with JAPAN TELECOM, one of Japan'slargest telecommunications service providers. The agreement, the first Wi-Fi roamingagreement by JAPAN TELECOM with a partner, provides 1.7 million customers of JAPANTELECOM's Open Data Network (ODN), the company's ISP service, with seamless, global mobile broadband service, "powered by GRIC." JAPAN TELECOM customers will have access to the GRIC TierOne Network(TM), which includes the world's largest mobile broadbandfootprint, using the GRIC-branded mobile office client.
Well, the cat is really among the pigeons now as former fixed line monopoly Big Brother NTT just announced plans to launch a challenge to the FeliCa smart-card standard promoted by DoCoMo and Sony. NTT said it will support FeliCa, a major boost to the FeliCa standard. But in a classic case of Indian giving NTT has decided to also develop a smart card supporting the government's terminally unpopular and constantly personal-data -leaking national registry network called "Juki Net."
The 3G Mobile Forum 2004 was held at the Hilton Tokyo Bay, January 13-16, and attracted over 70 top-class speakers in what we construed was an attempt to hammer out where they think 3G is going. With such a treasure trove sitting on our doorsteps across Tokyo Bay, we couldn't resist bearing our cameras down on some of the leading lights of the show. The following preview will give you a taste of the upcoming programs we'll running over the next few weeks. Also included in this clip is a demo of a mobile solar power source that was on display from Korean startup Soleitec, they have this sleek and working re-charger
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