Fri August 15, 2008

A keitai for the elderly from DoCoMo

NEC Corp. unveiled one of its latest cellphones N706ie on August 12.

The cellphone is intended primarily for elderly people.

It provides nearly twice as big keys as its predecessor, a display that can show the enlarged letters, and features that make the received voice clearer in a loud environment.

The cellphone will hit the shelves of NTT DoCoMo dealers on August 15.

posted by sam at 07:35:34 JST on Fri August 15, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Sat August 09, 2008

iPhone 3G to cost ¥3,950 a month at minimum (2)

Although Softbank Mobile Corp. (SBM) enforced the simple flat rate for packet communications on the iPhone 3G in the debut, it will implement a two-staged flat rate this month.

The simple flat rate cost the user the fixed sum of ¥5,985 a month for emailing or web browsing on the iPhone 3G, however much you connected to the Internet, or however little you did in the month.

The two-staged flat rate will cost her/him between ¥1,695 and ¥5,985 a month, based on how much you connect to the Internet, or how many packets you receive/send in the month.

When the cost ends up ¥1,695 in the month, the total monthly charge at minimum for the use of the iPhone 3G with the storage capacity of 8GB/16GB will be ¥3,950/¥4,430.

The price includes an installment on the iPhone 3G handset (¥960/¥1,440 for 24 months), the basic rate for the Internet connection (¥315), and the smallest amount levied by the White Plan for voice call (¥980), as well as the above-mentioned first-stage flat rate for packet communications (¥1,695).

Now the more affordable iPhone 3G is waiting for your neat fingers with trimmed nails.


posted by sam at 00:43:46 JST on Sat August 09, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Fri August 08, 2008

iPhone 3G to cost ¥3,950 a month at minimum (1)

Softbank Mobile Corp. announced Tuesday that it will implement a two-staged flat rate for packet communications on the iPhone 3G this month.

The rate will be fixed at ¥1,695 a month until you receive/send 20,175 packets in the month.

If you receive/send more than 20,175 packets a month, you will be charged ¥0.084 per packet in addition in the month.

(One packet is equivalent to 128 one-byte alphanumeric characters.)

When the charge in total for packet communications, including the first-stage flat rate of ¥1,695 a month, reaches ¥5,985 in the month, or you receive/send 71,250 packets or more in the month, you would get the benefit of the second-stage flat rate in the month.

It means that you will be charged between ¥1,695 and ¥5,985 a month for packet communications on the iPhone 3G.

However, these rates for packet communications are not only the charge you will need to pay for the iPhone 3G use.


posted by sam at 02:20:59 JST on Fri August 08, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Wed August 06, 2008

Do not forget to terminate voice call on iPhone 3G

You may possibly continue the voice communication unintentionally on the iPhone 3G.

On the iPhone 3G, it is relatively hard for the user to recognize he/she has hung up, especially when he/she talks while connecting to the Internet, the Japan-based electronics UI (user interface) development company indicates according to the survey it conducted.

The company also reported another survey result about the insensitivity of the iPhone 3G when you touch it with your nails.

You will need to trim your nails and check out the charge for voice calls.

posted by sam at 03:03:37 JST on Wed August 06, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Tue August 05, 2008

Net-free life (4)―How much addicted are you to keitai? (2)

A survey conducted last month in Japan by a Japan-based research company, which claims 500 thousand monitors who make replies using mobile phone, unveils some interesting facts about the attitudes to mobile phone use among the respondents.

One of them is about the mobile-phone-free life.

It reflects the result that 77.3% of the mobile phone users have an uneasy feeling when they are missing their mobile phone.


posted by sam at 04:38:13 JST on Tue August 05, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Sun August 03, 2008

Net-free life (3)―How much addicted are you to keitai? (1)

A Japan-based research company, which claims 500 thousand monitors who make replies using mobile phone, conducted a survey on addiction to mobile phone last month in Japan and unveiled the result July 31.

(The number of the valid respondents was 435.)

The result shows that 22.3% of the mobile phone users consider themselves to be addicted or almost addicted to mobile phone.


posted by sam at 00:00:00 JST on Sun August 03, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Fri August 01, 2008

au to limit Internet communication speed, targeting heavy users

KDDI Corp. and Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company announced July 30 that they will begin to limit the communication speed in their mobile Internet access service “au EZweb” October 1.

The limitation would be imposed on the users from 9pm to 1am who received/sent 3 million packets or more on their mobile phone in the month before last.

posted by sam at 00:00:00 JST on Fri August 01, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile
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