The new Sharp terminal is bound to be popular with the same crowd
What's this?? ... mobs of Flying Ketai Pigs..?
Actually, 2007 promises to be far more interesting than even that cheeky title! Here goes our official WWJ Fearless Forecast for 2007 - all in one - huge - breath!2007 promises to be far more interesting than even that cheeky title! Here goes our official WWJ Fearless Forecast for 2007 - all in one - huge - breath! M-commerce: The carriers? FeliCa-based services will continue to grab serious market share. At the end of 2006, DoCoMo had over 1 mln customers for their DCMX mobile credit-card service alone, not to mention the 18.3 mn regular FeliCa handsets in use as of 31 December. KDDI and SoftBank have FeliCa user bases in the millions as well..
Last week saw an interesting double play for mobile devices in Japan as both NTT DoCoMo and Willcom announced new phones -- DoCoMo's 7-Series -- or new PDAs -- Sharp's oddly named W-Zero3[es]. These, combined with the continuing speculation on the this fall's entry of RIM's Blackberry email device (will it have Japanese text input capability?), made it a busy week for wireless watchers.
On Tuesday, WWJ was first on the Web with a full report and images of DoCoMo's new 7-Series, a mix of models from Sharp, Panasonic, NEC and Mitsubishi, as well as from US maker Motorola...