February 24, 2004

photo kiosks

Kodak making moves in Europe

PARIS -- Eastman Kodak Co. plans to grab a share of revenue from Europe's fast-growing camera-phone market by launching its online photo service for mobiles.

Kodak will announce the move today at the 3GSM world mobile phone congress in Cannes, senior vice president Bernard Masson told The Associated Press.

Starting in May, owners of a new wave of higher-resolution camera phones should be able to upload their pictures and videos to a central server, send them by e-mail or print them via wireless infrared or Bluetooth links at Kodak kiosks.

Final terms and prices have not yet been agreed with the phone operators that will bill Kodak's new subscribers in Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands according to the AP article.

Kodak, based in Rochester, N.Y., has already struck a deal with phone maker Nokia to make phones compatible with its kiosks, Masson said, and is in "advanced discussions" with operators Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange.

Masson said it was too early to predict revenue for the new service. Financial terms of agreements with operators will not be disclosed, he said in the article.

Posted by Craig at February 24, 2004 02:37 PM