NTT DoCoMo launches first Java mobile phones

The handsets support a new service, available through DoCoMo's I-mode service, called I-Appli, which allows customers to download and run small Java applets. From January 26, two handsets and a total of 38 applets from a variety of content providers will be available, Takeshi Natsuno, executive director of the gateway business department at NTT DoCoMo announced at a Tokyo news conference.

The applets available at launch span the range from information to entertainment and games although, if I-mode is anything to go by, the launch menu may bear little resemblance to future offerings. When DoCoMo launched I-mode ( a service which offers access to e-mail and Internet services via cell phones) in February 1999 it emphasised the ability to check news headlines and conduct stock trades on the move, although as the service has developed entertainment-based content has clearly risen to the top as the most popular service.

I-Appli services at launch include animated clocks featuring Mickey Mouse or Hello Kitty characters, stock charting and ticker applications, karaoke, a mapping service and games such as Tetris, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. The applets fall into one of two categories: the stand-alone type which resides in memory, such as a game, and the agent type which needs to connect to a server to provide updated information, such as a stock ticker.

All of the applets are 10KB in size or less and each telephone supporting the service will be able to store at least five downloaded applets in memory. Eyeing their use in financial and business applications, the I-Appli service and new handsets also include support for SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption.

At launch two handsets will be available, the F503i from Fujitsu and the P503i from Matsushita Communication Industrial, better known by its Panasonic brand name. The F503i measures 135 by 46 by 15 millimetres, weighs 77 grams and has a battery life of 430 hours on stand-by and continuous talk time of 135 minutes. The P503i has dimensions of 128 by 45 by 17 millimetres, weighs 74 grams and offers a stand-by battery life of 400 hours and continuous talk time of 140 minutes.

Handsets from other manufacturers are expected to appear in the near future. At the Telecom Asia exhibition in Hong Kong in November 2000, NTT DoCoMo was demonstrating the S503i handset from Sony Corp., although a spokeswoman for the operator was unable to provide launch details for the handset at Thursday's news conference.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

PC World
Show Comments


James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >


Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?