The Guardian has posted a short article saying that “Mobile phone company O2 will today announce the long-awaited launch of its Internet service, i-mode, with content partners including the BBC, BSkyB and online bank Egg.” Of course, WWJ has been covering this story since the first rumor in mid-November 2004 and the official announcement from the companies involved later that same month.
The service, created by Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo and requiring an i-mode-compatible handset, will allow customers to access online sites such as news, sport and games as well as content created specifically for i-mode. But it faces competition as Vodafone ramps up its 3G service with the release of new handsets for Christmas and T-Mobile prepares to launch its Web’n'Walk product later this year.
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