Japan's domestic shipments of cell phones posted year-on-year growth for the second straight month in December, an industry body said on Thursday, as new-model camera phones breathed life into a saturating market. .
MTI Ltd. unveiled on Jan. 31 the "TUNA M+," a Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) application program for wireless operation of a Windows PC by an "au" mobile phone available from KDDI Corp. Users pay a monthly charge of 315 yen.
On a cell phone someday soon, you'll be able to instruct a personal news-gatherer to scour a dozen media sites for headlines within minutes after they are posted. Are you a football, baseball or soccer fan? A new technology will dish up a playback of your favorite team's winning goal. The technology turns cell phones into computers that can download and execute programs just like PCs.
A report by the National Police Agency found that a record 122,115 people were victimized through illegal loans in 2002, suffering a combined loss of about 15.98 billion yen. Police said the incidents often involved dealers lending small sums of money over and over again.
Experts see 2003 shaping up to be a banner year. For starters, DoCoMo, KDDI and J-Phone will all be coming out with refined 2G equipment. They'll also be rolling out new 3G systems, expanding rich-media services and launching camera-enabled, programmable handsets that can serve as "e-wallet" and "e-ticket" mobile-commerce terminals.
Industry Leaders NTT DoCoMo, Ericsson, Nokia and Siemens, Japanese Manufacturers Reach Mutual Understanding to Support Modest Royalty Rates for W-CDMA Technology Worldwide. As essential patent holders, Japanese manufacturers Fujitsu, Matsushita Communication Industrial (Panasonic), Mitsubishi Electric, NEC and Sony Corporation have also expressed their willingness to co-operate with such arrangements.
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