Wed March 31, 2010

SBM to launch Android keitai (1)

Softbank Mobile (SBM) Corp. announced on March 28 that it will launch an Android-based cellphone after late April.

Its first Android keitai HTC Desire X06HT handset itself will cost about ¥20,000.

posted by sam at 00:14:24 JST on Wed March 31, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Tue March 30, 2010

SBM doubles base stations

Masayoshi Son, chairman & CEO of Softbank Mobile (SBM) Corp., announced on March 28 that SBM is going to double the number its cellphone base stations (BSs) by the end of FY2010.

SBM now has about 60,000 BSs around Japan.

It will make use of PHS base stations installed by Willcom Inc., Japan's sole PHS carrier, which is in the throes of corporate rehabilitation with assistance provided by Softbank.

posted by sam at 02:08:56 JST on Tue March 30, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | strategy

Mon March 29, 2010

Online-sent scent (61) -- Smell of toothpaste

Do you recognize that your child has already done her/his teeth by smelling her/his mouth before she/he goes to bed?

You could do it on the phone if smells were sent online.

posted by sam at 09:22:34 JST on Mon March 29, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | scent

Sun March 28, 2010

Data roaming betw. Japan and US via MVNO (2)

To launch its data communications roaming service between Japan and the U.S. in the second quarter of 2010, Japan Communications Inc. (JCI), Japan's MVNO giant, is considering adopting a pay-as-you-go system using prepaid cards.

And JCI also is developing a SIM card that will be available both in Japan and in the U.S.

The roaming services will allow its subscribers in Japan to do data communications in the U.S. by paying the same fee as one they pay to do in Japan, and vice versa.

posted by sam at 00:19:14 JST on Sun March 28, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Sat March 27, 2010

Management of business cards on iPhone (2)

The application WorldCard Mobile - Recognition and Management of Business Card Information is available on the iPhone 3G S in English and Japanese.

The user can scan a business card and store it as a still image.

Then, the application will recognize the card holder's name, company name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and so on; and convert them to text data.

The recognition rate is touted to be about 96%.

posted by sam at 00:04:40 JST on Sat March 27, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Fri March 26, 2010

Android keitai from Kyocera

Kyocera Corp. unveiled its first Android-based smartphone at the CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas on March 23 (U.S. time).

The smartphone Zio M6000 runs on Android OS 1.6.

It is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2010, but Kyocera has yet to announce which mobile carrier will operate it.

posted by sam at 01:56:23 JST on Fri March 26, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Thu March 25, 2010

Data roaming betw. Japan and US via MVNO (1)

Japan Communications Inc. (JCI), Japan's MVNO giant, announced Tuesday that it will begin to operate as an MVNO in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2010.

JCI will work with Sprint to allow for data communications roaming between Japan and the U.S.

posted by sam at 09:38:14 JST on Thu March 25, 2010 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile