Masayoshi Son, Softbank aka Emoji Founder to take on AT&T and Verizon with Sprint
Ottway Ducard stashed this in mobile
It's about time.
(Emoji reference: https://gist.github.com/1707371
"Many many years ago a Japanese cell phone carrier called SoftBank came =
up with the idea for emoji and built it into the cell phones that it =
sold for their network. The problem they had was in deciding how to =
represent the characters in electronic form. They decided to use =
Unicode code points in the private use areas. This is a perfectly valid =
thing to do as long as your data stays completely within your product. =
However, with text messages the data has to interoperate with other =
Unfortunately SoftBank decided to copyright their entire set of images, =
their encoding, etc etc etc and refused to license them to anyone. So, =
when NTT and KDDI (two other Japanese carriers) decided that they wanted =
emoji they had to do their own implementations. To make things even =
more sad they decided not to work with each other and gang up on =
SoftBank. So, in Japan, there were three competing emoji standards that =
did not interoperate."
What does this mean in practice?
As an unhappy Sprint customer will I be happy in the next year, or will I have to move to Verizon and wait for them to make Sprint better?