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Ponca City, We love you writes: "With a high level of technical sophistication, critical customers, and high innovation rate, Japan is the toughest cell phone market in the world so it's not surprising that although Apple is the third-largest mobile supplier in the world, selling 10 million units in 2008, in Japan the iPhone is selling so poorly it's being offered for free. The country is famous for being ahead of its time when it comes to technology, and the iPhone just doesn't cut it. For example, Japanese handset users are into video and photos — and the iPhone has neither a video camera, multimedia text messaging nor a TV tuner. Pricing plans in Japan are also very competitive, which equates to relatively low monthly rates for handsets and the iPhone's monthly plan starts at about $60, which is too high compared to competitors, A survey showed that among Japanese consumers 91% don't want to buy an iPhone so what's the cellular weapon of choice in Japan? The Panasonic P905i, a fancy cellphone that doubles as a 3-inch TV and features 3-G, GPS, a 5.1-megapixel camera and motion sensors for Wii-style games. "When I show this to visitors from the U.S, they're amazed," according to journalist Nobi Hayashi."
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Why Japan Hates the iPhone

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