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2/17/2009

TG01 from Toshiba

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The latest smartphone from Toshiba is looking pretty sleek. Is it me or is every smartphone looking like the iPhone lately? Anyway, according to a source, the smartphone’s marketing theme is currently undergoing a viral marketing process but SlashGear has already did a preliminary review on the slicker and it’s looking (and feeling) really good. So until Toshiba launches it officially on their site, we will have to wait for it’s unveil.

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11/11/2008

Sony Rolly

Can someone tell me what this does?

It rolls around and does …what?

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11/5/2008

Japanese Keitai getting too complex

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Here’s the original article about how Japanese cellphones are becoming more and more complex in its design and functionality.

Question: If you own a Japanese cellphone, do you think it’s getting too complex to use? More importantly, do you find it harder to use than say a cellphone from another country?

TOKYO — Steve Jobs’ new iPhone, expected to be unveiled Monday, is headed to Japan by the end of the year. But the device’s famed ease of use may actually be a turnoff in Japan, where consumers want features, not simplicity.



Indeed, Japanese handsets have become prime examples of feature creep gone mad. In many cases, phones in Japan are far too complex for users to master.

“There are tons of buttons, and different combinations or lengths of time yield different results,’” says Koh Aoki, an engineer who lives in Tokyo.

Experimenting with different key combinations in search of new features is “good for killing time during a long commute,” Aoki says, “but it’s definitely not elegant.”

Japan has long been famous for its advanced cellphones with sci-fi features like location tracking, mobile credit card payment and live TV. These handsets have been the envy of consumers in the United States, where cell technology has trailed an estimated five years or more. But while many phones would do Captain Kirk proud, most of the features are hard to use or not used at all.

“Some people care about quality, but first and foremost it’s about the features,” says Nobi Hayashi, a journalist and author of Steve Jobs: The Greatest Creative Director. He estimates that the average person only uses 5 to 10 percent of the functions available on their handsets.

Japan is a culture of spec sheets. When consumers go to electronics stores to buy a cellphone, they frequently line up the specifications side by side to compare them before deciding which one to buy.

Hayashi owns a Panasonic P905i, a fancy cellphone that doubles as a miniature but crisp 3-inch TV. In addition to 3G and GPS, the device has a 5.1-megapixel camera and motion sensors that enable Wii-style games to be played sitting on the train.

“When I show this to visitors from the U.S, they’re amazed,” Hayashi says. “They think there’s no way anybody would want an iPhone in Japan. But that’s only because I’m setting it up for them so that they can see the cool features.”

In actuality, Hayashi says, the P905i is fatally flawed. The motion sensors are painfully slow, and the novelty of using them is quickly replaced with frustration. And while being able to watch TV anywhere is a spectacular idea, there’s no signal in the subways, and even above ground, the sound cuts out every few seconds.

“There’s nothing more annoying than choppy TV noises,” Hayashi says.

Aoki, who carries two phones, a Sony W44S and an iPhone for accessing the web, has only a vague idea of all the things the Sony cellphone is capable of doing. “Every once in a while, you find an incredible function via the complicated menu,” he says.

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8/13/2008

Samsung Omnia in Wireless Japan 2008

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7/23/2008

NTT Docomo eyeing Asia

Due to the over saturation of mobile service providers in Japan, NTT Docomo is setting its eyes on the rest of Asia by looking for new mobile partnerships outside of the land of the rising sun.

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7/16/2008

DOCOMO Shanghai

Docomo now has a new wing in the Chinese territory, Shanghai. According to this press release, wholly own subsidiary will begin operation in the end of July 2008.

TOKYO, JAPAN, July 9, 2008 — NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it has established DOCOMO China Co., Ltd. as a wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai, China.

DOCOMO China will focus mainly on providing mobile solutions for corporate customers, especially locally based Japanese companies.

The office is expected to begin operating from the end of July, once the necessary governmental and commercial approvals have been obtained.
Outline of DOCOMO China Co., Ltd.
Capital: 4 million USD (about 430 million yen)
Ownership: 100%
Representative: General Manager Yoshimune Ishii (TBC)
Establishment: June 23, 2008
Business: System and network solutions with mobile applications for corporate customers, and import-export of communications devices.


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4/30/2008

Docomo’s strategem pledges better service

The four pledges of Docomo’s new base:

1 – Polish-up the brand and strengthen ties with the customers
2 – Listen to the voices of customers and become a company that can beat their expectations
3 – Continue making innovations and aim to become a company highly appraised by the world
4 – Become a group of people with lively spirits who will keep-on challenging toward a common dream

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3/26/2008

Dan Meyer Interview in CES 2008

CES stands for Consumer Electronics Show. Dan Meyer is the Managing Editor of RCR Wireless news and he is abotu to be interviewed on his views on consumerism in the electronics industry. Interesting one:

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3/18/2008

NTT Docomo to give discounted Int’l Roaming

International roaming used to be a novelty when it was enabled a few years back. It used to be pretty expensive and it is still today to have a phone package that roams worldwide. NTT Docomo is giving a discount on their Videophone/packet International Roaming service, which means you can have video calls internationally for a significantly reduced price!

TOKYO, JAPAN, June 21, 2007 — NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries today announced that they will offer WORLD WING™ international roaming subscribers a 20% discount on videophone and packet communications over the networks of Conexus Mobile Alliance partners from July 1 to September 30, 2007.

This will be DoCoMo’s first discount plan for roaming services. Other alliance members are also launching roaming discount plans for their respective customers in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

The discount applies to all outgoing videophone calls, regardless of destination, but not to incoming videophone calls. Videophone services are not yet available in India and Macau at this time.

The discount does not apply to the minimum packet-communications fee of 50 yen for the first 50 packets.

The Conexus Mobile Alliance was formed in April 2006 to mutually enhance international roaming services not only in its members’ respective countries/territories, but the broader Asia-Pacific region as well. The current members are Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., Ltd. (Taiwan); Hutchison Essar Limited (India); Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited (Hong Kong and Macau); KT Freetel Co., Ltd. (South Korea); PT Indosat Tbk (Indonesia); Smart Communications, Inc.(Philippines); StarHub Ltd (Singapore); and NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (Japan). Backed by the strength of the alliance, DoCoMo will continue to develop services that offer customers increased convenience and flexibility for international roaming.

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2/27/2008

HTC Titan II Announced

First there was HTC Titan Mogul:
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Now, HTC has recently announced that HTC Titan II (HTC TyTN II) for eMobile will be released on the 28th of March.

The HTC TyTN II will be the first device from eMobile supporting broadband voice services and this handset is the eighth model, including designs scheduled for future release, from the HTC lineup to appear in Japan.

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