Unwired -- Life on the Small Screen

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General research i-Con Search
Email other keitai EmCm
Make a homepage for free –‚–@@i ‚ç‚ñ‚ǁ@(Magic island)
Make new friends in a chat room i CHaT ‹äŠy•”@(iCHaT Club)
Find a friend (think personals) Duomo
Keep up to date on friends' activities maHima
Download Chakumelo (ringer melodies) and set up ID ringing J's ƒRƒ~ƒ…ƒjƒP[ƒVƒ‡ƒ“ (J's Communication)
Find a love hotel ƒuƒeƒBƒbƒNƒzƒeƒ‹ Search (Boutique Hotel Search)
Locate a hostess bar (18+ years only!) ƒrƒbƒOƒfƒUƒCƒA (Big Desire)
Do a sake search “ú–{Žðƒf[ƒ^ƒoƒ“ƒN (Japanese Sake Data Bank)
Get a wake-up call Friend's Call
Have your fortune told J-SkywebˆÕ (J-Skyweb Fortune-Teller)
Read the latest headlines “úŒoƒjƒ…[ƒX (Nikkei News)
Get your news in English Chubu Weekly Online
Research stocks i-Stock
Check national train timetables JRƒgƒ‰ƒxƒ‹ƒiƒrƒQ[ƒ^ (JR Travel Navigator)
Find the train seat closest to your desired station exit Pinpoint!‚ÅŠK’i
Check the traffic ATISŒð’ʏî•ñ (ATIS Traffic Information)
Make hotel reservations i-Hornet
Make flight reservations ANA ‘S“ú‹ó (ANA Reservations)
Rent a car ƒjƒbƒ|ƒ“ƒŒƒ“ƒ^ƒJ[(Nippon Rent-a-Car)
Test your common sense ŽÐ‰ïlíŽ¯ƒeƒXƒg (Salaryman Test)
Learn English via email ƒVƒlƒ}‰p‰ï˜b (Cinema English Conversation)
Find out if you're crazy iƒ‚[ƒh¸_ŠÓ’è(Psychological Evaluator)
Calculate taxi fares ƒ^ƒNƒV[—¿‹àƒf[ƒ^ƒx[ƒX (Taxi Fare Database)
Find emergency numbers iƒ‚[ƒh•Ö—˜ƒ_ƒCƒ„ƒ‹ (iMode Useful Diary)
Look up a Japanese word ŽOÈ“°Ž«‘ŒŸõ (Online Dictionary)
Find a restaurant anywhere in Japan ‚Ñ‚ ƒOƒ‹ƒƒKƒCƒh (Restaurant Finder)
Find the nearest Starbucks ƒXƒ^[ƒoƒbƒNƒXƒƒP[ƒVƒ‡ƒ“ (Starbuck's Finder)
Check ski conditions Ski Resort Magazine
Check baseball stats ƒvƒ–ì‹…‚ðS‚©‚爤‚·‚él‚Ö (Baseball Lover's)
Get marriage counseling @‚Í‚ ‚ƁE‚­‚è‚É‚Á‚­ (@Heart Clinic)
Bid in an auction ‚©‚¢‚Ç‚¤‚ç‚­ƒI[ƒNƒVƒ‡ƒ“ (Shopaholic's Auction)
Learn how to master Pachinko machines GICƒpƒ`ƒ“ƒRU—ªî•ñ (GIC "How to Win" Info)
Find an apartment •”‰®ƒŠƒN (Room Request)
Find your soulmate Œg‘Ñ“d˜b‘Š«f’f (Cell Phone Match-maker)
Get the 411 on videos, movies, & CDs Tsutaya Online
Check current music rankings Music Patio
Buy your books online ‹IˆÉ‘‰®‘“X (Kinokuniya Bookstore)
Practice playing guitar J-pop Hit Chart
Get the word on the latest flicks ‰f‰æ‚»‚Ì‘O‚É (Before Seeing The Movie)
Get info on movie theatres TMT Maps for i-mode
Search for nearest hangout spot —V‚тɍs‚±‚¤Žñ“sŒ—”Å
For space reasons we couldn't list all the URLs, but if you want to get an idea of what a typical i-mode site looks like, try www.ohnew.co.jp/i/s/index.html. Checking this site out via your computer's browser shouldn't be a problem because all i-mode sites use compact HTML, which isn't much different than regular HTML. You'll have problems, though, with WAP sites, which are done in Handheld Device Markup Language. HDML isn't compatible with standard browsers. Note that some small-screen sites are compatible with i-mode, some with EZweb/EZaccess, some with J-Skyweb sites, and some with @contents (click to see Another sidebar for more on the services). A few are compatible with all, which means some poor webmaster has to create sites for each type of service and update them all separately too. And you thought HTML sucked!

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