Well, I guess Tokyo iPhone users won't be using skype over 3G for a while.
Check it out on Yoski's site (Japanese). There are a lot of responses from around not just Tokyo but the general Kanto region reporting very very slow uplink speeds.
Basically, Yoski has 3 iPhones and none have gotten over 64 kbps in the Tokyo area since the end of summer. So after some backs and forths, he gets the below response via twitter:
@yoski SBCareDenpa's Mr(s) Daito/Ohigashi here. Deepest apologies for the inconvenience. Bandwidth restrictions are in effect to ensure fair usage for everyone. Please understand that we are unable to remove the restrictions. Please tweet any additional questions or concerns.From here it get's a little funny. Take a language like Japanese that tends to omit subjects and compress it down further to a tweet, and you get Yoski thinking that @SBCareDenpa was implying that he alone was being throttled:
Reading just this, it's like they're saying "look buddy, you're using too many packets and were shutting you down...The reason being that he claims to have spent some time abroad recently and to have not been using the phones that much. He also finds it odd that all of his phones are being throttled, even though one is on a separate account. He queries an acquaintance regarding iPhone uplink speed:
ははは、オレは大丈夫だぜ、ほら 54kbps もでてるぜ・・・・っておい！
Hahaha, I'm fine - yo, check it out, getting... 54 kpbs?! wtf?!Yoski responds to @SBCareDenpa saying that everyone around him in Tokyo is also getting no more than 64 kbps, wonders if there is a regional restriction, and announces, somewhat sarcastically, that they will... um, how's the best way to say this in English... happily endure/persevere/"gaman", in all fairness, a 64 kbps uplink.
To which he received the following response:
While you don't need to endure/persevere/"gaman," we apologize for the resulting inconvenience to everyone. I'll pass your opinion to the supervisor. Thank you very much for allowing me the opportunity to hear the opinion of someone actually using the service.I'm sure that everyone reading this has "endured" a lame response from some random customer service representative. While Mr. Son wants his employees to use twitter, I don't think he wants those lame responses archived on the internet.
Yoski concludes that softbank, in fairness to all customers, is throttling the uplink of just everyone in Tokyo and notes that the 3G highspeed network is advertised as having 3.6/7.2 down and 1.4 Mbps up, though the iPhone 4 is not listed as compatible. Since there are people also reporting higher uplink speeds, I wonder if this isn't just normal network congestion, though.
In case the links to the tweets die, here are screenshots.