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Subject: Re: MobileLBSList: judging which wap phone to buy:
Date:  09/08/2000 10:01:06 AM
From:  Emil Friis

I'm not sure I really agree with that... I think the main reason is a
combination of internet usage patterns and the way WAP has been marketed by
the carriers. Very few people in Japan (I haven't seen any numbers for
Korea), compared to Europe/US, actually use the internet through computers,
so the phones have been an easy way of accessing the internet that they
otherwise wouldn't have been able to use. It also means that they haven't
had any particular expectations to what they were going to get.

In Europe and the US on the other hand, carriers have marketed WAP as the
internet you can take with you everywhere. No wonder that people get
disappointed when they expect the internet they know from their pc on their
phone, and all they get is a teeny display with a couple of words on it.

The question is whether it is too late to change what people expect from WAP
or if WAP has already been stamped as a failure in the mind of the public.
If that is the case, no matter how many sites you build, people are not
going to come and WAP is doomed.

Emil

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Toushek" <DavidT@optimicro.com>
To: <fasol@eurotechnology.com>
Cc: <mobilelbslist@geocomm.com>
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2000 9:54 AM
Subject: RE: MobileLBSList: judging which wap phone to buy:


>
> Gerhard Fasol wrote:
>
> >WAP users worldwide:
> >
> >55% Japan
> >31% Korea
> >13% Europe
> >1% Rest of World
> >
> >This has to do with business models and other factors, some of
> >which you can find explained in our imode-FAQ:
>
> I think you would agree that the number one reason why there are so few
> WAP users in the "Rest of the World" is because there simple are no
> useful applications. But build it and they will come!
> Check out this new point and click WAP builder from Xybo Systems
> http://www.xybo.com/news/news_corp.html, and let me know what you think.
>
> This new development tool will allow anybody from novice to WML
> programmer to build their WAP site easily.
> This product will mean more USEFUL WAP sites available to the end user,
> as is the case in Japan, Korea, and Europe.
>
> David
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gerhard Fasol [mailto:fasol@eurotechnology.com]
> Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2000 12:14 AM
> To: mobilelbslist-digest-help@GEOCOMM.COM:
> Shubhro.Banerjee@Techspan.com: mobilelbslist@wirelessdevnet.com:
> RKumar@opuswave.com: fasol@eurotechnology.com
> Cc: mobilelbslist@GEOCOMM.COM
> Subject: RE: MobileLBSList: judging which wap phone to buy:
>
>
> > RKumar wrote:
> >
> > But really getting anything done on a WAP phone is quite a pain...
>
> This is not necessarily true: in Japan their are approx. 4 million
> WAP users, and their numbers are increasing rapidly.
>
> Thus Japanese users seem to enjoy WAP phones, and don't seem to see
> WAP as a pain - if they would, there is DoCoMo's imode waiting :)
>
> What is true however, is that WAP usage outside Japan & Korea is
> pretty slow and the numbers below confirm you statement:
>
> WAP users worldwide:
>
> 55% Japan
> 31% Korea
> 13% Europe
> 1% Rest of World
>
> This has to do with business models and other factors, some of
> which you can find explained in our imode-FAQ:
> http://www.eurotechnology.com/imode/faq.html
>
> Best regards,
>
> Gerhard Fasol
> Eurotechnology Japan K. K.
> http://www.eurotechnology.com/
> fasol@eurotechnology.com
>
>
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