Mar 24, 2016

KDDI backs professor-led team in Google moon rover contest

Telecommunications carrier KDDI Corp. will support the sole Japanese team taking part in the Google Lunar Xprize competition, a $30 million race to land a robotic rover on the moon. KDDI said Wednesday it had signed an official partnership deal with team Hakuto, led ...

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

| Feb 22, 2016

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

by

The Japanese mobile phone industry recently came under fire from the government for using ambiguous price-setting schemes and excessive handset discounts that stole customers from rivals but penalized loyalty. This has prompted the three major carriers — NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank ...

Time to watch out for those kids

| Feb 20, 2016

Time to watch out for those kids

by

Get ready to answer the cat phone Aimed at kids — or even adults who love all things kawaii (cute) — the Hello Kitty Figurine KT-01 smartphone, created by Japanese startup Ola, is just as the name suggests: a cute palm-sized figurine that flips ...

Jan 7, 2016

KDDI to introduce fixed-rate plan for international calls

Major telecommunications carrier KDDI Corp. said Thursday it will introduce a fixed-rate plan for international telephone calls in March. Under the plan, KDDI, which operates the “au” mobile service, will allow subscribers to make up to 50 international calls for up to 15 minutes ...

Government leans on mobile carriers to simplify pricing

Oct 20, 2015

Government leans on mobile carriers to simplify pricing

The government has said the pricing schemes used in mobile phone services lack transparency and fairness, with bills taking up a rising share of household budgets. Customers need more control over components of the plans, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday. His ...

Apple puts two new iPhones on sale in Japan

Sep 25, 2015

Apple puts two new iPhones on sale in Japan

Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones went on sale in Japan on Friday, pitting the country’s three major mobile phone carriers against each other in a fierce competition to win new subscribers. The new models feature 3-D Touch technology that recognizes ...