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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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KPN has said it will relaunch i-mode, abolishing the monthly fee, offering new handsets and starting an advertising campaign in an effort to boost sales.
Motorola said the MOTORAZR maxx V3 i-mode also includes a 1.3 megapixel digital camera with 8x zoom and MPEG4 video capture and playback capabilities and an MP3 player.
On the other hand, DoCoMo--a historically plodding, corporate entity that regularly runs black and white snaps of its president in full-page newspaper ads touting the company's technology--bent over backwards to emphasize the youth-centric appeal of the sexy new i-mode handset series.
DoCoMo launched its popular Japanese i-mode service in February 1999, delivering news, entertainment and e-mailing to credit card-sized mobile phone screens and attracting more than 30 million domestic users.
Kiyoyuki Tsujimura, executive vice president of NTT DoCoMo, said at a news conference that the Japanese mobile phone carrier aims to significantly improve the user-friendliness of i-mode and consequently boost its subscription by providing better access to the world's top search engine for its nearly 48 million mobile Internet users through the tie-up.
The NEMIP's mail subsystem enables customers to access i-mode mail services on their mobile handsets, with picture and video attachments and interoperability with other MMS or e-mail-enabled phones.
The research organization was trying to establish just how far ahead the Japanese mobile technology market had moved, and came back with the surprising report that as of mid-2004 not only were 20m users, about 45% of all i-mode handsets, enabled for Flash Lite, they were using it.
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Tokyo, Japan, Nov 8, 2005 - (JCNN) - Online market researcher Info Plant has announced the results of a survey of 9,290 i-mode users on what they do on board a train, which was conducted from October 11 to 18.
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