Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cell carriers invoke nihonjinron to defend locked cell phones

Ntj mh sent me a link to the live stream of the Communication Ministry's meeting, yesterday. Unfortunately, I was only able to watch about five minutes of it, but in that time I heard predictable arguments.

Basically, there were a bunch of carrier reps sitting around a table agreeing with each other that everything that happens in the West in not applicable to Japan because Japan is unique, you know, with the four seasons and all. The bit I caught was centering on the iPhone and how foreign handset makers don't work closely with carriers, but in Japan, hardware makers and carriers cooperate to produce a service for customers. Of course unlocked cell phones will ruin that relationship.

I'm pretty busy this weekend, so it might be a few days before I can look up and post more information

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