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  • Sharp to Start Info Service Business with Zaurus Devices
  • March 16, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Sharp Corp. will offer an information provider service, aiming to further expand the market for digital home electric appliances.
    As an initial step, Sharp will start a service for providing customers with Internet access and information services from March 20.

    For Internet access, Sharp is preparing to offer a simple and convenient service in an alliance with Internet Initiative Japan Inc.

    And as for its information service, the Osaka-based company will provide customers with information about employment, advanced ticket booking and others. Information will be supplied by Recruit Co., Ltd., PIA Corp., and Nikkei Business Publications, Inc., using the information retrieval system of Itochu Corp.

    As a reception terminal for the service, Sharp will introduce the Zaurus MI-P1 on March 20. The new terminal is equipped with a 3.8-in. (10cm diagonal) monochromatic super twisted nematic-liquid crystal display (STN-LCD) with 320 x 240 pixels.

    Also, Sharp decided to "shift its emphasis from sophistication of hardware to handiness in the use of applications and contents" in its strategy of product development, said Isamu Washizuka, a corporate senior executive vice president.

    (Nikkei Microdevices)



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