German operator drops i-mode

The last but one European mobile operator to offer an i-mode service, Germany's E-Plus, will discontinue the service from April 1st. At one time Japan's NTT DoCoMo had licensed i-mode to operators in Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Germany, Russia, the U.K. and the Benelux countries, now only a single Romanian operator is still offering i-mode services. Although a huge success in Japan winning upwards of 60 million customers, i-mode did not travel well. Despite eventually reaching the five million customer mark across Europe, i-mode became outmoded when mobile operators began offering unlimited mobile internet access for flat rate fees.

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