• LG gets bragging rights for Japan's first certified 4G device

    The rest of the world is catching on rapidly but overall, Japan is still the world’s most advanced mobile society. That being said, you’d assume that the first 4G (LTE) device to get an official certification from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications must be coming from one of the many mobile companies over here, but it was South Korea’s LG who got… Read More

  • Cerego Raises $3.4 Million For, Launches Facebook Friend Quiz

    Japanese company Cerego, the brains behind the social learning platform iKnow!, has raised $3.4 million in a round of funding from NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s biggest mobile phone carrier. To date, Cerego has raised a total of $23.4 million in funding since its launch in 2000. Cerego originally launched iKnow as an online service for Japanese people to learn English and then expanded the platform… Read More

  • NTT Docomo Buys 35 Percent Of PacketVideo For $45.5 Million

    Mobile video is taking off in Japan, where mobile operator NTT DoCoMo just invested $45.5 million in PacketVideo, which s a long-time supplier of mobile video software. The all-cash investment gives NTT Docomo a 35 percent stake in PacketVideo, which is s subsidiary of NextWave Wireless (a holding company that owns rights to wireless spectrum in the U.S. which it plans to use for a Wimax… Read More

  • Japan's NTT DoCoMo saying goodbye to 2G in 2012

    Saying goodbye to that “special someone” is never an easy thing to do, especially after many years have passed.  But, when the time comes, it’s best just to try and move on. Take today’s NTT DoCoMo announcement that it will be shutting down its 2G cellular network by March 31, 2012, for example. By the end of 2008, only 12% of its users were still rocking second-gen… Read More

  • Nokia to start its own cellphone service in Japan next year

    Nokia will create its own cellphone service in Japan, piggybacking on NTT Docomo’s infrastructure there. That’s right, it’ll be a VMNO. (Those have done so well…) It’s scheduled to launch in the springtime. Nokia is expected to use the service to market its high-end phones, presumably including its N96. Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: NTT Docomo's next-generation cell phone prototypes (photo gallery)

    Japan’s biggest cell phone carrier NTT Docomo had one of the coolest booths at this year’s CEATEC (which ended last Saturday), showcasing a lot of spectacular new stuff. These are their cell phone concepts, some of which even might make it to the mass market one day. Watch a video of their microprojector cell-phone hybrid here and a see this post for more information on their… Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Fujitsu's mobile phone breaks into 2 parts that can be used separately

    At CEATEC 2008, Fujitsu and NTT Docomo are showcasing a concept phone that can be split into two pieces, a screen and a keyboard segment. The so-called Separeeto Keitai, separate handset, is supposed to enable users to make a phone call and write emails at the same time. The parts are joined by a magnet and connected via Bluetooth. The touchscreen reacts to the way the users are holding it. Read More

  • Sharp builds the world's first mobile phone with built-in car key

    Nissan‘s proprietary “Intelligent Key” technology will soon be built into a mobile phone, which is produced by Sharp and, at this point, unfortunately Japan-only. The Japanese car company’s key system is already used in over 950,000 vehicles but now, drivers can wirelessly enter, exit and start their Nissans with the (yet to be named) Sharp phone. Reportedly, the device… Read More

  • Super 3G successfully tested in the field

    Success! NTT DoCoMo has successfully tested a Super 3G system out in the field and they managed downlink speeds at 250Mbps. Testing on the Super 3G system that consists of four MIMO antennas has been going on since February just south of Tokyo. The technology should be rolled out next year. Doug and I will grab more details on this field test next week at CTIA. If you’re unsure what… Read More

  • Android coming to an NTT DoCoMo handset

    We won’t be seeing it, but the folks in Japan will. Not until the second half of the year, though, but it’s nice to know they’re preparing themselves. Read all about it over at MobileCrunch. Read More

  • Google One-Ups Yahoo In Japan

    Google is set to sign a deal with Japan’s biggest mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo that will see Google become the default search provider to 48 million NTTDoCoMo customers. The deal will also see NTT DoCoMo switching to Google Apps for the provision of email to it customers. Japan is one of the few markets globally in which Yahoo is ahead of Google in search, holding 65.9% of the market… Read More