Japan's 'Galapagos phones' making a comeback

May 18, 2015

Japan's 'Galapagos phones' making a comeback

by Kazuaki Nagata

Smartphones have spread rapidly in Japan in recent years, but there still seems to be strong demand for feature phones, or so-called “Galapagos” phones, according to recent data. The domestic mobile phone market has been described as the “Galapagos Islands” because handsets come with ...

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

Jul 17, 2014

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

by Kazuaki Nagata

New mobile phone entrant Ymobile Corp. unveiled monthly fixed-price service plans Thursday that include voice calling and Internet access to woo newcomers to smartphones with simpler and cheaper contracts. The SoftBank subsidiary, launched in June in a merger with eAccess, which runs Emobile, and ...

May 28, 2014

Docomo set to begin selling iPad next month

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT Docomo Inc. said Wednesday it will start selling Apple’s popular iPad starting in June. Docomo, which has the largest share of subscriptions in the domestic market, is the last major carrier to become an iPad provider in Japan, as KDDI Corp. and SoftBank ...

May 26, 2014

1.2 million sign up for new Docomo plans

NTT Docomo Inc. said Monday it has received 1.2 million applications for new monthly fee plans that take effect at the beginning of June. A Docomo official said the new plans have been more popular than expected. “More than 60 percent of the applicants ...

May 21, 2014

Run on phone devices for fans of exercise

Health-conscious consumers are snapping up smartphone accessories that record data such as their weight, to help with diet and exercise planning. In February, for example, SoftBank Mobile Corp. launched a set of bathroom scales with a data interface. Users stand on it and their ...