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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To download from iMenu: Press the iMode button > iMenu > Menu List > Mobile Phone Manufacturers > @F Mobile Phone Support Group
One of the reasons may be attributed to the limited varieties of imode handset available to users.
2003): "Rising sun: iMode and the wireless internet", Communications of the ACM, 46(11), 78-84.
In 2007 allwords(sm) was launched by MCN in Japan as an outgrowth of its award-winning mobile search applications on NTT DoCoMo's iMode portal andwith Yahoo
Jonason and Eliasson (2001) empirically test the pricing problem on an Imode portal with the possibility of consumer expending on mobile portals.
It delivers rich WML, HTML, XHTML, CHTML content to 3G, iMode, GPRS and GSM networks as well as Wireless Lan.
Website owners are now using style-sheets to create mobile optimised sites - no need to rewrite for WAP or imode.
Finnish telecomms solutions provider Nokia said on Wednesday (9 March) that the Japanese games developer Sega Mobile had launched the Java game "Castle Jack Online" on the NTT DoCoMo iMode network.
The FOMA F900iC is the world's first mobile phone that is compatible with iMode Felica technology, according to Fujitsu.
SK Telecom's iMode Melody Call service boasts 61,000 choices.
Whether you know it as iMode, mMode, or merely as the industry-standard browser for wireless devices, there's a reason why this technology holds the potential to vastly increase the reach and grasp of rich Web payload and deliver it to a population in pursuit of ultimate mobility.
LightSurf's MMS solutions integrate with existing Short Message Services (SMS), WAP, and iMODE infrastructure to support Visual Communications over all 2G, GPRS and 3G wireless networks in addition to wireline and broadband networks.