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Eighth Country Lauches i-Mode Wireless

i-mode from NTT DoCoMo starts across europe Europe : NTT DoCoMo, Inc. reported that Wind Telecomunicazioni announced the release of DoCoMo's i-mode service to the Italian market today.

Italy marks the eighth market for i-mode service, which is already available in Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Belgium, France, and Spain.

Wind is Italy's third largest mobile telecom company, with approximately 10 million subscribers. DoCoMo concluded a licensing agreement in June 2003 to provide Wind with patents, technologies and know-how necessary to launch the i-mode service. DoCoMo has also played a major role in helping Wind to establish close ties with content providers and equipment vendors, which is essential in order to build a strong foundation for the i-mode service.

DoCoMo sees great potential for i-mode growth in Italy, which is a major European market for mobile communications with its population of nearly 58 million people.

Outline of i-mode service in Italy
  • Operator: Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A.
  • Launch date: November 19, 2003
  • Area: Wind's GPRS network in Italy
  • Network: GPRS
  • Handsets: N223i and N341i (DoJatm compatible model) (both manufactured by NEC), both of which are equipped with a dual browser to view i-mode-compatible HTML and WML1.X content.
  • i-mode mail availability
  • MMS transmission compatibility
  • Integration with "Libero," Italy's biggest portal site, which is operated by Wind. This will enable customers to continue using their conventional e-mail accounts for i-mode service.
Service includes:
Approx. 200 sites at the time of launch (mostly in Italian, as well as in English)
14 major categories, as follows:
1) News/Weather
2) Sports
3) Astrology
4) Music/Radio/TV Guides
5) In the City
6) Travel
7) Entertainment

8) Logos and ringtones
9) Chat/Messages
10) Shopping
11) Banks/Finance
12) List and search
13) Fashion and society
14) Eros

Basic monthly fee: 0 euro
Packet transmission: 0.01 euro per 1 kilobyte
Content subscription: Both free and paid content will be available.
Content charge will be between 0 to 3 euro per month.

(1 euro = approx. 130 yen)