iPhone in Japan?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dreamsandart, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. dreamsandart macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2004
    Has anyone an idea about the iPhone coming to Japan?

  2. diamond.g macrumors 603


    Mar 20, 2007
    Sooner if Japan were to start using GSM again ;)

    I also imagine it would have to offer some of the same features other Japanese phone have in order to compete a little bit better.
  3. Porcinet macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2007
    Probably late 2008. 3G is widespread in Japan and multiple service are available (electronic wallet, etc...), so the current first generation of iPhone would anyway not be competitive in the current Japanese market.
  4. appleiphone macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2007
    Maybe the first quarter of next year. Waiting for it.
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I doubt it, feature-wise the iPhone is so behind the cutting-edge (and not so cutting-edge) Japanese and Korean phones its not even funny. Try selling EDGE when WiMax is getting to be common place.
  6. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

    Dammit Cubs

    Jul 31, 2007
    it won't happen anytime soon. Japan uses a completely different wireless system.
  7. ellsworth macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2007
    I'm pretty sure Japan has FAR more superior phone units than the iPhone. Heck. Most of their phones have Video-talk... wowie. the iphone would be backwards out there.
  8. TurboSC macrumors 65816


    Aug 4, 2007
    ppl in Japan will laugh at the EDGE. they have like 20mbit on their cells now
  9. lofight macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
    i don't think the market is very big, already 4 years ago Japan had cellphones that now still cost 400 dollar for the same price then.
  10. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Odd, everyone I've showed my iPod Touch to has been blown away by its ease of use, features and eye candy. Pretty much everyone (regular people, mind you - not 'tech' people) has said that they will buy the iPhone as soon as it's available here, because Japanese phones are clunky and archaic-looking compared to the iTouch/iPhone.

    For example, Japanese phones have high speed internet access, but many are limited to the provider's content portal. The ability to surf the net using Safari just blows their minds. REAL SITES instead of that portal crap they're used to.

    Also, Japanese phones are limited to SMS/MMS - no POP/IMAP access. The ability to check your 'real' email account with ease is sorely lacking over here, and the fact that the iPhone can do it is a big plus for a lot of people.

    While many Japanese phones now have navi applications, GoogleMaps.app just kills them all in terms of ease of use (not to mention it's actually FUN to use) ...

    Music and videos, from your OWN collection? Wow. Many Japanese phones can play music but few (if any) can play MP3s, they all use DRM - which means a buggy PC-only app to re-encode your music, or (usually) downloading stuff OTA for a fee. ie, $3 for a song plus the ridiculous packet data charges.

    All of this stuff aside, the iPhone simply blows the competition away when it comes to looks, design, and useability. I think it'll be a HUGE hit over here.
  11. evilboy macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2007
    mavis, you are 100% right we are all waiting for iPhone! :)

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