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NTT DoCoMo plans on removing high-end functionality of its Mobile OS to accomodate international market

NTT DoCoMo plans on removing high-end functionality of its Mobile OS to accomodate international market

Sometimes less is more. NTT DoCoMo decided to strip down its mobile OS to allow manufacturers to develop in conjunction to international market needs. Many phone manufacturers such as Mitsubishi has pulled out from Japanese market due to over crowded players – and to focus on international market instead. By doing this, NTT DoCoMo allows manufacturers to export low cost handsets to exploding market such as China and Thailand. Many analysts see this trend will be followed by NTT DoCoMo’s competitors.

[via Phone Mag]

Cell-Phone Sommeliers – we need these in the US too!

Cell-Phone Sommeliers – we need these in the US too!

In Japan, the government has finally embraced a private-sector initiative to have Mobile Gurus guide you to the best handset, carrier all that stuff for you. No more guessing, or hoping that the guy at the local store isn’t just guiding you to what will net him the most profit, they are actually looking to get you what’s best for you.

Furthermore, once you have your handset and cellular plan, they are more than capable of helping you figure out how to do whatever it is you are trying to do, what accessories work with your phone, all that stuff. They aren’t just some tech-savvy yahoos off the street either, they are professionals who have to take and pass exams in order to maintain their position.