Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson today reported that it had more than trebled third quarter pre-tax profits, but the market leader, Nokia, reported a 20% fall. Sony Ericsson, the world's fifth-biggest handset maker, made gains on the back of soaring demand for its camera phones. It said it expected sales to grow further during the crucial Christmas shopping quarter.
It appears that demand for our latest Sony PSP video story has set new WWJ site traffic records and caused a severe slow-down in loading pages over the last half day. There is, unfortunately, little we can do to boost our server in the short term and request that visitors remain patient, perhaps checking back periodically.
The nice folks at HP Bazaar hosted a rocking good Mobile Monday Tokyo on 13 September and it seemed as though most of the unwired digerati within commuting distance of the Pink Cow, in ubertrendy Shibuya, were there. In today's Portable Reportable, Chief Editor Daniel Scuka quizzes WWJ's Lawrence Cosh-Ishii on what he saw and heard at the first ever Tokyo MoMo event.
The HP Bazaar and Wireless Watch Japan crew have teamed up to organize Tokyo's first Mobile Monday (MoMo) Event at the Pink Cow in Shibuya. MobileMonday is an open forum for people in the mobile industry. Anyone can attend this informal free-of-charge gathering. Come join in and meet other people in the industry -- MoMo is an interactive forum where you can acquire global flair for local enterprises.
Samsung and Philips announced they are teaming up to incorporate Near-Field Communication technology in future cellphone models from Samsung, giving users the ability to use their phones to make payments. Incorporating an NFC chip from Philips in Samsung's phones will effectively turn the handsets into contactless smart cards, with the ability to make payments, according to a joint statement. The phones could also be used as a key card to enter a building, for example, this is the same technology, by Sony, that powers mobile FeliCa by in Japan.
It's back! The Mobile Intelligence Tour, that is. Building on the highly successful MIT 1 held in April 2004 and co-organized by Wireless Watch Japan chief editor Daniel Scuka, MIT 2, 3-8 October 2004, promises to be better than ever. For full details at Mobile Intelligence Japan.
IDG reports that Fujitsu Labs and Fujitsu spinoff Net-2Com have this week been showing the world's first mobile IP/PHS dual-mode phone in central Tokyo. We've already shot a program and did an interview with the phone's developer, we'll have great video of the device coming up soon. Meanwhile, take a look at this story from IDG for some angles on the phone, which is still a prototype but could be on sale within a year. P(H)S. Did someone say China?
Symbian announced today the completion of the preemption process for the sales of Psion's shares confirming that all the shareholders (except Samsung) were to exercise their rights. The real significance of today's announcement is the clear roadmap, supported by a cash injection and an increase in headcout of 300 over the next 18 months, to drive the Symbian OS into mid-tier devices by, among other things, bringing down the bill of materials for the OS phone from today's minimum of $132 to $78 by 2008.
Bom-de-de-bom-bom-bom-de-de-bom--BONANZA!...Japan's market for mobile content for the JFY to March 31, 2003 shot to 394.1 billion Yen, up 31% according to a survey conducted by the Mobile Contents Forum (MCF), reports Asia Biztech today.
Today, WWJ's Portable Reportable presents a mobile marketing case study involving Shizuoka Bank which used the opt-in "Message Free" free email marketing service on i-mode to grab new, younger customers for its "My Car Loan" campaign. Message Free is just one of the mobile marketing services on i-mode operated by D2 Communications on behalf of NTT DoCoMo. This case study is an excellent example of how a wide variety of consumer-facing companies, not just mobile content providers — like ring tone sites or screen image providers — are using the mobile channel for effective marketing via web, pull email, push email, and even interactive voice. Full program run-time: 4:31Portable Reportable audio updates are short, 3- to 5-minute news items in MP3 format. You can listen via PC or download and copy to your portable player for tomorrow morning's commute. — Eds.
>Mobikyo K.K. publishes Wireless Watch Japan, organizes MobileMonday Tokyo networking events and operates Mobile Intelligence study tours providing related custom research and advisory services. Mobikyo's founding directors are deeply connected with, respected by, and committed to, Japan's wireless and IT business community. Thousands of managers, planners, engineers and strategists depend on Mobikyo to learn about Japan's unique business models, technologies, contents, services, applications and hardware from the most innovative test-bed market for next-generation mobile industry. "Mobikyo" was chosen for the unique blending of Mobile and Tokyo. However, depending on the kanji character used for kyo, it could also mean association, capital, religion or today. With fantastic support from our clients, partners and affiliates in Japan and overseas, we have become the trusted source of independent market intelligence & business networking connections based in Tokyo.
MobileMonday Tokyo is a leading networking organization supporting Tokyo's mobile industry. We launched in September 2004, with over 70 events to-date, hosting an average 100-200 industry delegates. MobileMonday is an open platform for mobile industry visionaries, developers and industry insiders fostering cooperation and business development through live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends from global markets. Chapters are active in over 100 cities worldwide and new locations continue to launch monthly. Founded in Helsinki, Finland, in 2000, MobileMonday is organized by a global team of 300+ volunteers and it has become the world's largest mobile community network. Details via MoMo Tokyo website
Mobile Intelligence offers related custom research and consulting designed specifically for industry executives working in sales, marketing, product development, strategy, venture capital and the media. From private workshops and conference presentations to trend spotting innovation and detailed analysis, our services are based on the direct experience and lessons learned in the Japanese mobile market. We also run a unique in-Japan guided tour service providing market introductions, personal connections and actionable lessons for clients overseas. Delegates take part in seminar and attend inside sessions, at individual companies, in technology showrooms, and -- most importantly -- on the fabled streets of Tokyo. Alumni return home with a competitive edge, integrated awareness and personal contacts moving them to the forefront of new business development. Full details via Mobile Intelligence website