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In Japan and Korea, Mobile content Is Making Money: The wireless Web? Wasn’t its obituary written way back in 2000?…Yet, Japan’s three mob…

In Japan and Korea, Mobile content Is Making Money: The wireless Web? Wasn’t its obituary written way back in 2000?…Yet, Japan’s three mobile carriers made $9.9 billion in data-traffic revenue last year, up 62% from 2001. SK Telecom Co., Korea’s largest cellular operator, saw data traffic nearly triple, to $611 million, last year.

The key to this new service: entertainment. Young people in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, and Busan can’t seem to get enough of services such as Hello Kitty screen savers (80 cents each), karaoke songs with lyrics that bounce across the screen ($1.70 per session), and personalized ringtones that can sound like anything from Frosty the Snowman to the latest Avril Lavigne hit ($2.50 for a dozen).

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