Thu December 20, 2007

Cellphone base station to be removed due to the still-unexplained symptom

Do you suffer from health damage caused by electromagnetic waves? It has yet to be researched, but has led to removal of a cellphone base station in Japan.

Electromagnetic waves generated by various kinds of equipment allegedly do harm to some people, without excepting cellphone.

Cellphone services giant NTT DoCoMo has decided to take away its cellphone base station which is operating in the city of Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture, virtually accepting the complaint from some of the residents living in the vicinity of the facilities.

The residents complain that they are afflicted by the electromagnetic waves the facilities emit. They have taken the case to court, but DoCoMo disagrees on the affliction.

However, the facilities are on a leased land and the landowner will discontinue the lease contract that prohibits the lessee from using the land unless the local residents assent to it.

As a result, DoCoMo has been obliged to remove the base station.

Several similar cases are now under trial in Japan.

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Tue December 18, 2007

Keitai addiction (2)

It is not an e-mail, but an s-mail that will be delivered through the cellphone to you.

(S-mail stands for snail-mail, which refers to mail services offered by postal service providers. The leading provider in Japan is the newly privatized company - Japan Post.)

The busiest s-mail service in Japan, Nengajo (New Year's card), can now be ordered on the cellphone. One of the cellphone operators - KDDI (au) - provides the service. It allows you to choose the card designs and enter your messages and the recipients' addresses on the keitai site.

The site will have the contents printed and the cards sent to the recipients. The cards are likely to be delivered by Japan Post on New Year's Day if you order the service by December 25th. The service costs you ¥150 or more a card.

posted by sam at 04:21:59 JST on Tue December 18, 2007 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Mon December 17, 2007

Keitai addiction (1)

As much as nine to fourteen percent of junior and senior high-school students in Japan send more than fifty e-mails a day on the cellphone, according to the latest survey conducted by the Cabinet Office.

Fifty e-mails a day...they send an e-mail about every half an hour.

posted by sam at 11:23:17 JST on Mon December 17, 2007 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Thu December 13, 2007

Femtocell to help get in coverage

Are you irritated by being out of cellphone coverage in your home?

The cellphone coverage in the home will be improved by the femtocell system.

The system will consist of two components. One is a smaller and lower-power base station that employs a residential power source and a broadband Internet connection to a mobile operator's network. The other is one or more existing cellphone handsets.

The base station will be installed in the home - just like a wireless access point for Wi-Fi. The cellphone handsets are the ones you use to get the current services provided by the mobile operator - without needing to be replaced with dual-mode (such as cellphone/Wi-Fi-enabled) ones.

The femtocell service will be launched after the relevant laws are revised in Japan.

posted by sam at 12:08:36 JST on Thu December 13, 2007 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Wed December 12, 2007

Cellphone taking over translator

The latest cellphone handsets - 905i lineup - from NTT DoCoMo can translate a sentence spoken on them from English into Japanese and vice versa. The translated sentence will be displayed on the screen.

DoCoMo is slated to launch handsets that can perform translation between Chinese and Japanese, aiming to boost the sales as the Beijing Olympic Games is coming.

Would you like to try them out?

posted by sam at 03:38:57 JST on Wed December 12, 2007 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Mon December 10, 2007

Cellphone highlighting HDTV brand

It's like TV sets are hitting cellphone-dealers' shelves.

Some of the cellphone handsets have been marketed under the brands of HDTV-set. The brands are emphasizing the screen that can clearly display One-Seg broadcast content.

These brands include AQUOS, BRAVIA, VIERA, Wooo.

posted by sam at 11:28:23 JST on Mon December 10, 2007 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Fri December 07, 2007

Mobile WiMAX (1)

WiMAX stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access.
Mobile WiMAX is a standard that provides higher-speed mobile communications than 3G cellphone systems.

Mobile communications service based on this standard is expected to start in 2009 in Japan.

posted by sam at 12:20:52 JST on Fri December 07, 2007 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile