Sino.net, a wholly-owned subsidiary of e4asia Inc., has launched a new travel portal for i-mode, WAP and PDA users at sino.net.
Sino.net`s portal is the world`s first travel portal for online hotel bookings via i-mode, a technology supported by NTT DoCoMo, Japan`s largest wireless web service provider, and which is becoming increasingly popular in Asian countries. The portal also supports WAP (Europe) and HDML (USA) mobile users. For life voice support, Sino.net`s has established a multilingual Call Center with capabilities in English, Japanese, German, French, Chinese and Korean based in Saigon, Vietnam.
SinoNet`s travel portal will connect the mobile web user “on the fly” to more than 2500 partner hotels throughout the world. It will enable users to access user account details as well as search and check availability before making an online booking directly from their Internet enabled mobile phone or PDA.
As an early player in Internet development, sino.net first delivered its directory and search facility for travelers in 1994. This new functionality will expand sino.net`s m-commerce strategy with a new comprehensive, high value-added service and constitutes a significant milestone achievement in catapulting sino.net to the forefront of m-commerce travel innovation.
“Since 1994, progress within the industry and at sino.net has been remarkable, and major players are now looking for high quality content providers of electronic and mobile solutions” said Wolfgang Holzem, the Chief Operating Officer and Founder of sino.net.
“More and more consumers demand the ability to make instantaneous travel arrangements and our hotel partners increasingly want access to their services via i-mode being the most convenient mobile technology media at present, leaving WAP at second place,” adds Dr. Clemens Bechter, President of e4asia, Inc.
Sino.net is already working on the next generation of user-friendly, location and device independent mobile solutions and plans to open a representative office in Singapore later in 2002.
Sino.net is one of the Asia`s leading hotel and accommodation brokers within the electronic and mobile commerce environment. The Company`s web site offers business and leisure travelers, travel agents and corporate travel planners secure online reservations, detailed hotel information, dictionary, mailserver, currency converter, and other functionality`s.
The portal was established in 1994 and is owned by e4asia Inc, a New Jersey, USA, company with offices in Germany and Thailand.
i-mode is NTT DoCoMo`s mobile internet access system. “imode” is also a trademark and/or service mark owned by NTT DoCoMo. As of January, 2002, there are 29.7 (almost 30 million) imode subscribers in Japan, increasing by about 37,000 per day. According to DoCoMo`s data, the large majority of subscribers use email and browse webpages every day.