Thursday, 11 December 2008

Japan Communications partners with i-mate for mobile launch – Japan

i-mate, the Windows Mobile handset manufacturer, has received certification from Japan Approvals Institute for Telecommunications Equipment (JATE)/Telecom Engineering Center (TELEC) for the i-mate Ultimate 8502 Smartphone. This certification clears the way for its launch in the Japanese market. Japan Communications (JCI), a leading wireless data communications MVNO, will be the first company to offer the device and will focus on sales activities in the Japanese enterprise market. Commenting on the development, Naohisa Fukuda, Chief Marketing Officer at JCI, said: “We are pleased to offer i-mate unencumbered, SIM-lock free access to a Japanese wireless carrier network. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with i-mate and to facilitating the market entry of many more of their devices.”

Jim Morrison, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of i-mate, said: “I’m proud to be able to work with JCI to offer i-mate Ultimate 8502 to customers in Japan. As one of the world’s most advanced mobiles, the Ultimate 8502 is fast and fully connected, and well placed to leverage Japan’s advanced networks. This makes it ideal for those wanting a powerful touch screen mobile with extra smarts.”

The customers of i-mate’s devices will also be offered free and exclusive access to i-mate’s i-Q suite of solutions such as allowing customers to lock, wipe and alarm their device in case it is lost or stolen.