iPhone 3G not such a big hit in Japan

Given how technologically advanced the people out in Japan are, you’d expect iPhone 3G sales there to be very strong. But as it turns out, Japanese telecom operator Softbank Corp. hasn’t exactly been able to experience the same high-demand that there is for the iPhone in other markets, like say, the United States.

Apparently, the iPhone 3G fails to impress the lot of Japanese consumers partly because of its very high asking price and because most people in Japan already have very sophisticated cellphones to begin with.

Softbank Corp. has about 19.5 million wireless subscribers in Japan, but in the first two months of its sale, market-research firm MM Research Institute estimates that only 200,000 iPhone 3G’s have been sold so far.

Clearly the high retail price affects a consumer’s purchasing decision, but an analyst for GfK Marketing Services Japan Ltd. says that Japanese users “don’t know what to do with an iPhone.” Perhaps Apple should start shooting iPhone 3G guided tours with a Japanese-speaking person, don’t you think?

Via WSJ

Author: David Gonzales

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  • Tony Coleman

    I have heard there is a newer version of the iphone being released 1st quater of 2009. With 3/5mpixel camera, and camcorder facilty, along with other improvements.. ..

    just wondered if this is true. and has anybody heard anything similar.

    Thanks in advance..

  • Sanae

    Still, in Japan, most phone way more than a 3.5 megapixel camera—mine has 5.2 megapixels. It simply will not be as big as it is in America, because when Americans are thinking that 3G networks are new, we've had it for years. Now, it's starting to become 3.5 G here. It's like, '3G? What's the big deal?' here.
    There may be Apple fans in Japan that might like this phone, but not ordinary Japanese mobile phone users.

  • Jun

    New and yet even more high tech phones were just released in Japan. One is water proof phone. (Whether one is adamant about watching tv under water, or talking in the shower.) The point is, the iphone might but super slim and unusual hip look, but my friends in Japan would not give up all the convenient high tech savvy things there phones do for a slimer and (basically) less advanced phone. I know that Phone companies there are close to releasing 4G network. O.o and the U.S. is just now starting with 3G.

    F-01a (water proof phone)
    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/product/foma/prime/f

    N-01a (basically iphone…little thicker, but does so much more!)
    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/product/foma/prime/n

    Sh-03a (A screen that 180s and has an 8, yes EIGHT Mega Pixel digital camera!)
    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/product/foma/prime/s

    (all are touch screens, btw)

    funny artical too.
    http://www.tranism.com/weblog/2007/01/sorry_iph

  • Jun

    New and yet even more high tech phones were just released in Japan. One is water proof phone. (Whether one is adamant about watching tv under water, or talking in the shower.) The point is, the iphone might but super slim and unusual hip look, but my friends in Japan would not give up all the convenient high tech savvy things there phones do for a slimer and (basically) less advanced phone. I know that Phone companies there are close to releasing 4G network. O.o and the U.S. is just now starting with 3G.

    F-01a (water proof phone)
    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/product/foma/prime/f

    N-01a (basically iphone…little thicker, but does so much more!)
    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/product/foma/prime/n

    Sh-03a (A screen that 180s and has an 8, yes EIGHT Mega Pixel digital camera!)
    http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/product/foma/prime/s

    (all are touch screens, btw)

    funny artical too.
    http://www.tranism.com/weblog/2007/01/sorry_iph