The LG L343i with i-mode on-board appears to be coming soon to O2 in the UK and in some other markets as well. It’s a low-budget GSM / GPRS unit and the handset spec. is very basic with a 128×160 pixel 262K colour TFT display, VGA resolution (0.3 megapixel digital camera) plus Bluetooth but no data card. Reminds us of the early i-mode days (circa 2001) here in Japan.
Plenty of sources talking about this news byte..
It would seem that one of the key issues we raised in our latest Viewpoint article – “..where are the handsets?” – was not without merit. It looks very much like the whole mobile data ecosystem, as we know it in Japan, is finally (slowly) starting to awaken to the potential and process in over-seas markets.