Dutch firm KPN Mobile is to introduce a Japanese-style mobile phone service in Holland and Belgium by the spring. The company is currently testing the technology, which is based on NTT DoCoMo's iMode internet phone service.
iMode has more than 20 million subscribers in Japan, and can handle animated web content, email, colour screens and the Japanese alphabet.
KPN said that over 100 content providers will operate the service, and that NEC will supply the handsets.
In November the company signed a deal with NTT DoCoMo to provide the service in Europe until January, 2012.
A KPN spokesman said that the development will spur the popularity of 2.5G, or GPRS, and would speed the emergence of third-generation (3G) services in continental Europe.
NTT DoCoMo was behind Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access, the world's first commercial 3G service launched in Tokyo last October.
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