Sat January 19, 2008

One Seg drives keitai sales

The total number of One Seg keitai handsets shipped since June 2006 has reached 17 million, or more than 10% of the handsets ringing all over Japan.

The cellphone handset shipments in November 2007 increased 6.3% from the same month in 2006 to around 4.8 million in Japan.

Of the shipments, One Seg-enabled handsets accounted for 58.3% − 2.8 million units.

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Wed January 16, 2008

Filtering keitai sites for minors

The mobile phone service providers in Japan are urged to reconfigure their systems so that hurtful Web sites can be shut out for underage youngsters.

The underage often get involved in crimes via such sites as online meet-a-mate service these days in Japan.

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Mon January 14, 2008

More than 100 million cellphones are ringing in Japan

The number of cellphone subscription contracts has exceeded 100 million in Japan, the Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA) announced on January 10th.

On the other hand, the number of PHS subscription contracts is less than 5 million as of the end of last month.

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Tue January 08, 2008

Farewell to DoCoMo's PHS

NTT DoCoMo Inc. has terminated its PHS services today.

The services started in July 1995 and reached full bloom in September 1997 boasting about 2.12 million users.

The number of the users at the end of last year was about 155 thousand.

PHS services are now provided only by Willcom Inc. in Japan.

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Thu January 03, 2008

Green cellphone handset

One of the cellphone handsets from NTT DoCoMo Inc., N701iECO, is environment-conscious.

The handset body contains polylactic acid made from corn.

However, the handset has already reached end of sale.

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Wed January 02, 2008

2.5GHz wireless carriers obliged to report on MVNO

The KDDI-led joint venture, Wireless Broadband Planning, and Willcom which the 2.5GHz spectrum has been allocated to are accountable for their network openness to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC).

The spectrum is for next-generation wireless (known as wireless broadband) communications services and the network openness is required to promote MVNO-based businesses.

Their accountability for the network openness will lead to fair competition among entrants into the new market space.

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Mon December 31, 2007

MVNO - Rising star in sluggish mobile industry?

MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator.

These operators use facilities of a cellphone company and provide the operators' own-brand services.

Some of MVNO-provided services such as “Disney Mobile” in the U.S. have been unsuccessful, although MVNO-based businesses are being promoted to revitalize the saturated cellphone market in Japan.

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