Here’s a fairly detailed comparison of the Japan vs U.S. operators standard offerings for voice and data pricing plans http://bit.ly/a5Pw4C
The US Mobile industry may be as competitive as any other, but one wouldn’t know it based on the monthly bill. Japan, on the other hand, is seems to be on the brink of mobile technology, and is always trying to find ways to incorporate more data at a lower rate.
Let’s have a look at data rates and usage fees for cell phones in both the US and in Japan. While Japan’s data rates may seem a bit high, it’s interesting that their talk time is practically handed out for free. This may be because they’ve learned that most smartphone usage comes from data rather than minutes. That’s just a guess if we can’t back it up with hard facts, but a reasonable guess given how popular mobile internet and social networking is. In Japan, the case may be even more so. See the full break-down (Ha!) via iSmashPhone