softbank mobile finally started offering student discount at zero yen for base charge with tiered pricing for packet usage (quite low compard with otherwise).
Quite an audacious move. They are achieving No.1 position net increase over the past 9 months in a row, ahead of docomo and au. I myself experienced the similar kind of dynamism of pricing when i was a pricing manager at one air express company in Japan. The pressure is there essentially when you already have a certain amount of revenue, just like docomo or au, accumulated over the long period of time, It’s just damn hard to compete on price, for especially the top management just can’t make a decision on revenue dilution.
It also adds a good customer segmentation scheme just by pricing.
I have found “find folks via gmail” feature in twitter, linkedin, facebook, and plaxo quite powerful and, as Fred Wilson described, inherent in social networking. To me, the situation is, in a way, the gmail database being utilized (exploited?)by other platforms especially facebook, which is a threat and do not nesecacrily benefit to Google.
Yet it is a trurism that gmail in particular and email address in general is the engine of social networking platform. It might not be a win-win situation for Google and other platforms.
A few days ago, I just realized this feature is disabled in all the platforms I use and, according to twitter, due to a change in gmail contact system.
Here is annoucement from Google Japan in Japanese, I could not figure out that when I first read this.
But, according to Markezine (in Japanese), Google Japan now offers mobile Gmail; namely, Docomo, AU, and Softbank. Yes, Softbank, which is strongly affiliated with Yahoo Japan. I used to be afraid Google might be more integrated with AU; but glad to see they include docomo and rival softbank, even.
1. Get access to the Internet, in my (daughter’s) case, via docomo
(BTW, myself now use softbank, my wife and daughter are super loyal docomo users. I coundn’t convince them.)
2. Go to http://gmail.com then it will bring you to the login screen.
3. After login, the list of incoming emails.
Search, don’t sort.
Use Google search to find the exact message you want, no matter when it was sent or received.
Don’t throw anything away.
Your account includes plenty of storage, so you’ll never need to delete another message.
Keep it all in context.
Each message is grouped with all its replies and displayed as a conversation.
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