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Another puff article from a big name news org. who really should vet this stuff before going live full of holes and bluster.. http://bit.ly/gkwnUs
For years, the typical Japanese cell phone – built to operate on a network hardly used anywhere else in the world..
++ ahh.. that would be called 3G.. which is now finally starting to gain traction elsewhere.. +_+
and why cell phones are called “galakei,” which combines “keitai,” the Japanese word for cell phone, with Galapagos
++ hmm.. how about we ask 100 random folks on the street if they know that term.. just for fun?
Foreign developers of applications for phones didn’t give the Japanese market a second thought because of its insularity.
++ riiight.. considering all the $$ flowing there’s an impressive list of major players, otherwise, very few SME developers based overseas 5-10 years ago & those generally focused closer to home market.
culture that has long had services that charged small fees, such as “i-mode,” are used to paying for their applications.
++ ahah… iPhone = imode.. the darling model born and breed right here in the so-called Galapagos!
Apple takes 30 percent of the application sales, but the rest goes to developers.
++ why no comparison to DoCoMo who only takes 10 percent rev. share from the developers..?!?
But Japan makes up a significant chunk of the 70 million iPhones sold worldwide so far
++ A Significant Chunk.. hardly consider somewhere around 5 percent equates to significant?
Basically the only point in this article that has any real merit is within the last two paragraphs.
Nice job AP.. No disrespect intended..
Some sage advise when entering new turf; Stop, Look and Listen.. it’s also good to secure a local guide. Japan is the cradle of mobile civilization – we have been dedicated to this space since 2001 – trust our archives here offer some useful material.
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