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What's Not Possible with Simulators

  • Telephony links

    You cannot test links that dial a handset to a phone number.
  • Email links

    You cannot test links that open a new email message.
  • Change user agent

    The user agent is generally fixed, which limits your ability to tailor content to individual handset screens.
  • Download multimedia content

    Ringtones multimedia formats, such as ringtones, cannot be previewed in simulators.
  • Access official i-mode sites

    Mobile sites on the official i-mode menu cannot be accessed from simulators.

The most important thing to remember is that an i-mode simulator is only a tool to give you a general idea of how your pages will be displayed in a handset screen. However, it is not a substitute for viewing the pages in a real i-mode handset. In fact, you will have to test your applications in a variety of handsets because there are differences not only in the screen size and color depth, but also in the microbrowsers available for i-mode handsets.

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