E-Plus, the KPN-owned mobile operator from Dusseldorf, is ending its i-mode service from April 1. Subscribers will be offered a Surf & Mail Flatrate service instead. E-Plus adopted i-mode in 2002, but as in many other European counties the Japanese-inspired service never took off. E-Plus never revealed the number of i-mode …
What is i-mode?
For those who, like me, had never heard of it before, here's the Google link to the definitions:
Short version: It's a proprietary method of using a cell phone as a modem.
mobile web browsing
not a patch on its PC counterpart.
Italy has imode
Actually Wind in Italy is still running i-mode
Re: mobile web browsing
Mobile browsing is fine, it's when the operator tries to keep users within a walled garden that it goes pear shaped.
I used O2 i-mode; all the 'services' were crap. Fortunately the phone's browser was capable of basic rendering of the rest of the web.
Ironically, I switched to an iPhone contract, and O2 kept charging me for i-mode services for several months afterwards. The only way to unsubscribe from services was through i-mode itself; something I obviously couldn't do. I've managed to convince O2 to stop charging me now, but no luck in getting my money back.
And Bouygues has it too, albeit at the bottom of their offers page.