Tue November 25, 2008

Emoji (lexigram) appears on iPhone 3G

Emails or SMS messages you write using emoji (lexigram) can now be exchanged between the iPhone 3G and Softbank Mobile (SBM) Corp.'s 3G cellphones.

To write an email or SMS message using emoji on the iPhone 3G, you need to upgrade the iPhone software to 2.2 version and go through a series of steps for enabling it.

posted by sam at 01:31:00 JST on Tue November 25, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Mon November 24, 2008

COACH branded cellphone to hit au's shelves

COACH Japan Inc. and KDDI Corp. will launch their collaboratively-created cellphone on December 12.

The cellphone, COACH Mobile Phone, is supposed to sell by subscription in the limited number of 1941―the year COACH was established―at au shops around Japan rather than COACH stores.

The subscription will begin on December 10.

The COACH Mobile Phone is based on the cellphohe designed and manufactured by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Japan, Inc. for au that costs ¥19,410―that number again!

In addition to the cost, you will need to pay ¥525 for the special parts attached to the cellphone.

posted by sam at 03:07:11 JST on Mon November 24, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Sat November 22, 2008

iPhone 3G/iPod touch connects to NTT's Wi-Fi with less complications

You can now more quickly connect to the Internet on your iPhone 3G/iPod touch through the public Wi-Fi service offered by NTT Communications (NTT Com) Corp., subsidiary of Japan's telecom giant NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) Corporation.

NTT Com provides the tool, iHOTSPOT, on the App Store for free that allows you to log in its public Wi-Fi service “HOTSPOT” without the need to entre your ID and password every time you try to use the service on your iPhone 3G/iPod touch.

The iHOTSPOT has a corresponding tool that is available for nothing from NTT Com's website in order to simplify the settings.

posted by sam at 08:25:18 JST on Sat November 22, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Sun November 16, 2008

Supermarket ads on keitai

NIFTY Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., and Sankei Living Shimbun Inc. will launch a mobile website on November 27 that offers information on the prices of groceries sold at the supermarkets in Japan at no charge.

The website is expected to post that kind of information from some 7,500 supermarkets.

The three companies aim to make the website the most informative electronic leaflet for shopping in Japan.

posted by sam at 08:52:30 JST on Sun November 16, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Thu November 13, 2008

Shake your iPhone 3G/iPod touch to display map (2)―Shake does matter

To use the Shaka Chizu (Whisk Map) on your iPhone 3G or iPod touch, which is the location-based service application provided by Yahoo! Japan Corp. on the App Store, you need to shake it.

More frequently you shake it, more “charged-up” the Shaka Chizu will get and more features will be available on it.

The features include scrollable map, aerial photo image, and underground town guide map.

Using the features will “discharge” the Shaka Chizu.

So, shake your iPhone 3G or iPod touch anyway!

posted by sam at 09:46:09 JST on Thu November 13, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Wed November 12, 2008

Shake your iPhone 3G/iPod touch to display map (1)―Yahoo! Japan's new service

Yahoo Japan Corp. announced Monday that it has released a new location-based service application, Shaka Chizu (Whisk Map), for the iPhone 3G and the iPod touch on its experimental service site for web map, LatLongLab.

The application is available from the App Store for free.

Anyway, shake your iPhone 3G or iPod touch!

posted by sam at 00:01:48 JST on Wed November 12, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Tue November 11, 2008

White Plan users are increasing

Softbank Mobile (SBM) Corp. announced on November 6 that the number of the subscribers to its White Plan service has topped 15 million.

Under the service contract, the subscriber pays ¥980 for the monthly fee. The fee allows the subscriber to make a toll-free domestic voice call to the users of SBM’s services from 1 am to 9 pm in Japan. The called users will be charged nothing for the phone connection established.

posted by sam at 09:50:20 JST on Tue November 11, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile