A few comments for The Register on this article. ++ INLINE BELOW ++ Proximity payments have long been popular in Japan, in part because of the cash-based culture that eschews credit cards.. ++As opposed to the service being widely available, both by devices and point of sale readers, and ‘rather’ convenient for customers to use. Otherwise, note JCB claims 60M credit card members. .. thanks to NTT DoCoMo owning entire value chain (network operator, bank, technology provider) ++err.. thanks to Sony! while DoCoMo does own shares in FeliCa networks, so do other operators and banks. As for the ‘entire value chain’ statement.. Yes.. that’s why it works here, for some 6-years now, while other markets are still mucking around with who holds the hammer.. consumers be damned. ..and forcing manufacturers and competitors alike to comply with its “standards”. ++ 2-points.. Perhaps you are not aware? First, FeliCa (Sony) and MiFare (Philips – now NXP)
Clearly two terms that touch raw nerves; the iPhone impact here along with the (r)evolution of mobile in Japan and its position in the global industry. To be fair and balanced - as we have always tried to do - neither, let alone both, of these topics are simple enough to describe in a few thousand words.
After some time to reflect on this article by Financial Times we decided clearly somebody needs to step forward to shed some light on what should be obvious fact to most players in the game. The plan by DoCoMo to feature Android apps originally came to light (see last paragraph Here) at Mobile World Congress Asia in Nov. 2009. The company was getting ready to roll Android devices and knew that a separate area with dedicated JAPANESE LANGUAGE featured contents would be required.. simple as that. The so-called “DoCoMo Market” was announced in English back in January along with their upcoming Xperia handset, stating then a separate dedicated area for Android Apps would be offered. We will address the FT post ++ inline ++ below. DoCoMo platform to mimic Apple’s NTT DoCoMo is to launch an Apple-style application platform for its mass market “i-mode” mobile handsets, a move seen as a reaction by Japan’s biggest mobile operator to the success of the iPhone. ++ DoCoMo created the
We tweeted this news four hours ago - with attribute link to the source at IntoMobile - and included a comment but it still has not appeared there so thought we'd cover this on WWJ directly instead. That thread is pasted in full below with Screen-Shot of Our Comment Here.
For those who wonder Why Japan Couldn't Make a Phone Like This.. it would be easy to shred your one-way approach, maybe we'll get around to that yet. Meanwhile, lets just look forward for now shall we..?!?
A quick review of the new F-06B for DoCoMo by Fujitsu just released to the market here on June 12th. It's the first example, that we can find, of a waterproof handset that has both slider and twister design, guess that was an engineering challenge. Touting 13MB camera with 4128x3096 .jpg resolution and full touch screen
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