Mobile Phones

Julie and I received Japanese mobile phones (keitai), last week.  They have some interesting characteristics.

Both of our phones have email capabilities.  In fact when you send someone a ‘text’ you are usually just sending a message to the email address assigned to the phone.  Sending messages directly to the phone number of the keitai is possible but more expensive than using the email address.

But isn’t it a pain to have to type in someone’s name, phone number, and email address into your phonebook?  Yes, that’s why these phones have the ability to send all your user information to another phone using infrared light.

So what else can they do?  If you live in a city you can pick up basic television shows and record your favorite moments.  Our phones also have Internet capabilities but we don’t use it because it’s expensive.

No signal in Noheji.

This animated orca came standard on Julie's keitai.

My normally opaque display can let me know the time, whether my phone is on silent mode, if I have any messages, and make entertaining faces.

My normally opaque display can also let me know the time, whether my phone is on silent mode, if I have any messages, and make entertaining faces with the push of a button.

Two last tidbits

We have about 35 minutes on our monthly plan.  Why so low?  ‘Texting’ is more polite than talking on your phone, especially on public transit.  Hence it is more popular and much cheaper.

My phone is waterproof.

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One Response to “Mobile Phones”

  1. Darren Foster Says:

    Hi, Ive tried Japanese phones before and found them to be packed with features that dont tend to come as standard, my current phone (i’ll post a pic when I know how lol) has dual sim as stardard, email, spare battery with usb charger (godsend!!). Mobile TV is going to be huge within the next 18 months or so, there are a number of handsets with display capabilities (the iphone eg) however the cost is going to remain an issue as freeview reception is a no no so the only option will be to stream it via 3g, GPRS or in wifi enabled areas, but data costs will be huge!! however I hope the networks and manufacturers work together to get this resolved

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