12 Jul

Do you know the I-phone by Apple Inc.? Do you have one?

Well, the I-phone just went on sale in Japan today? On TV, I saw that there was a line of people waiting to buy one.

I think they just bought it for the the novelty of having a foreign cellular phone. Because Japanese 携帯電話 (cell-phones) can do everything that the I-phone can…plus much more!

For example, with a Japanese cell-phone, you can download music like a I-pod, take photos and video, surf the internet, and send and receive email like the I-phone…but unlike the I-phone, with a Japanese cell-phone you can also watch TV, make purchases like a credit card, pay for public transportation, buy a drink from a vending machine, and prevent other people from using your phone with a fingerprint scanner.

Personally though, I don’t need any of those fancy extras…I only use my cell-phone to send and receive emails and the internet to check the train schedule. Like most people in Japan, I seldom use the telephone function of my cell-phone.


My oldest daughter had a 漢字 (Japanese Kanji character) test today.

She said it was difficult. I’m sure she did well.

And on Sunday, she will have an English oral exam. I’m sure she’ll do well on this, too!

4 Responses to “I-phone”

  1. tokyo5 July 13, 2008 at 12:50 am #

    Sorry…what does it mean to “crack the phone”?

    (Sometimes I forget English! HAHA! 🙂 …and I’ve never had a cell-phone in America—they weren’t invented until years after I moved to Japan.)


  2. cocoyo July 13, 2008 at 12:38 am #

    The new i-phone is through AT&T here, and we wanted to crack the phone to use it with our service, but I guess if AT&T finds out, it’s a breach of contract and they fine you about $200. So it’s just like buying the old i-phone… We’re thinking of buying an old i-phone off of someone, since people are probably going to want to upgrade, and then cracking that one. We’ll see how it works out.


  3. tokyo5 July 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm #


    Thanks for writing.
    Feel free to visit me site and comment often!

    Almost all of the cell-phones on sale now can play music and TV in Japan now.

    I read that the new I-phone has software glitches.


  4. cocoyo July 12, 2008 at 5:44 am #

    My sister just moved back to Japan. They went to get phones the first day they got back and was surprised at everything! The person helping them at the store looked at them like they were crazy when they asked, with which phone can they listen to music & watch tv… :p


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