i-mode


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i-mode

The first Internet service for mobile phones. Introduced in Japan in 1999 by NTT DoCoMo, there were more than 10 million subscribers within two years. By 2008, there were more than 50 million with the vast majority in Japan.

i-mode provides email, calendar, chat, games, news, as well as Web browsing to i-mode enabled websites. "Official" sites partner with DoCoMo and are found in the i-mode menu; however, there are tens of thousands of "unofficial" sites. i-mode is a proprietary system that uses a subset of HTML, known as Compact HTML (cHTML).

From 2G to 3G Speeds
i-mode was introduced when phones were still in the 2G development stage, and download speeds were as low as 9.6 Kbps. Speeds rose to 384 Kbps with 3G FOMA and 3.6 Mbps with FOMA High Speed. See FOMA, NTT DoCoMo and cellular generations.
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As a first initiative beyond searches, Google Maps for Mobile is under discussion to become a standard pre-installed application on upcoming i-mode handsets to be launched in the near future.
i-mode users will receive Google search results for mobile and PC websites through the i-mode portal search box, with the expanded search services due to launch this spring.
More than 2,000, about 50%, of i-mode official sites had Flash content
Natsuno said i-Mode has brought the company $10 billion in basic revenue and $2 billion in content revenue.
DoCoMo will continue to work with international partners to introduce i-mode services in other markets worldwide.
The i-mode Global Profile is one profile in ACCESS' NetFront Mobile Client Suite.
i-mode Global deployments that feature ACCESS technology:
ACCESS has proven itself as the premier global provider of i-mode technology for mobile handsets," said Damian Charalambidis, COSMOTE Products, services and marketing general director.
Title: The i-mode Wireless EcosystemAuthor: Takeshi NatsunoPublished by: John Wiley & Sons, LtdISBN: 0-470-85908-3Price: GBP29.
The new product is designed to facilitate the development of applications for the i-mode service outside of Japan.
Cosmote plans to launch its i-mode service across Greece and its other operations in Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria in time for next year's Olympic Games in Athens.
By now, most econtent professionals know of NTT DoCoMo and the i-mode service they (and several competitors) provide.