• WX03A: World’s Smallest And Lightest PHS Cell Phone Unveiled In Japan

    WX03A: World’s Smallest And Lightest PHS Cell Phone Unveiled In Japan

    Japanese mobile carrier Willcom has announced [JP] the WX03A today, the world’s smallest ten-key cell phone complying with the PHS standard (Willcom is Japan’s only telco left supporting that network system). The company markets the device as a “Frisk case”-sized handset, and in fact, it’s really tiny. Sized at W32×H70×D10.5mm, it’s smaller than the… Read More

  • Video: Japan's ABIT Presents The "Wristwatch Phone"

    It’s certainly not the first combination of a watch and phone out there, but the model Japanese electronics company ABIT recently showcased in Tokyo is pretty cool nonetheless. Function-wise, the so-called Wristwatch Phone is at concept stage, but it’s actually a standalone PHS phone – and it’s working. Read More

  • $2.2 billion liabilities: Japan's wireless carrier Willcom files for bankruptcy

    Wikipedia has a pretty useful list of countries by number of mobile phones in use, which shows that Japan (with around 100 million users) is the No. 7 in the world. The market is largely controlled by mobile carriers NTT Docomo, KDDI au and SoftBank Mobile but seemed big enough to offer enough room for a number of smaller competitors, too. Yesterday, however, a company called Willcom (one of… Read More

  • Fujitsu technology lets you remotely erase data on stolen PCs

    Fujitsu and another Japanese company called Willcom have developed a security feature that makes it possible to delete sensitive data (or any kind of data) remotely from lost PCs [JP]. Fujitsu says the first notebooks that come equipped with the new technology (and an encrypted HDD) are expected to hit Japanese stores in the third quarter of this year. Read More

  • Japanese Kuma teddy bear phone comforts sick kids

    (video from DigInfo, Tokyo) Japan’s No. 4 cell phone carrier Willcom recently presented a very special kind of handset at the Good Design Expo 2008 in Tokyo (that ended last week). The company actually put one of their cell phones into a stuffed bear (handmade), which functions as a simplified handset: Each of the teddy’s legs and arms serves as a speed dial. It’s enough… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Sharp/Willcom D4

    http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/x5cxch Japanese news site, Akihabara, got a chance to play around with the Atom-based UMPC from Sharp and Willcom — called the D4 — that we told you about last month. “We have here a 1.33GHz Centrino Atom Z520 CPU (one of the first UMPCs on the market carrying it!) Windows Vista, 40GB HDD, 1GB RAM, a 5″ 1024×600 TFT touchscreen all in… Read More

  • Atom-based tiny computer/huge phone from Sharp

    I can’t wait until more and more of these things come out and all of a sudden you go to a baseball game and see everyone sitting in their seats half-sideways with one leg all the way outstretched so they don’t damage the huge phone in their pockets. Ha! Anyway, that dream is coming to Japan in June thanks to Sharp and mobile carrier Willcom. The Intel Atom-based cell… Read More