According to a recent Associated Press article, Japan’s mobile phone companies will finally begin to push their cellphone technology to other countries. Don’t know about you, but I’ve always had phone-envy for those cool multi-tasking gadgets from across the sea. From the article, 3G phones make up 90% of the Japanese cellphone market – remarkable when you keep in mind that the 3G phones are expected to grow to just 31% of the US cellphone market by 2012.
In addition to your typical cellphone functions, here’s a mini list of other cool Japanese features that go above and beyond the average mobile device.
- [Video] It’s a train ticket! via a Pasmo or Suica smart card embedded in the phone
- [Article] Use it at vending machines to pay for drinks via the same embedded smart card
- [Article] Watch digital TV
Assuming all this technology gets localized, imagine how different the US cellphone culture could be in a few years time. Fingers crossed we’ll also inherit some quirky cellphone designs, like the Japanese phone that transforms into a mini-robot.
Posted by Cristina on Tuesday, August 19.