Cell Phones in Japan - Curiosities and Japanese models

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Do you know cell phones in Japan? Do you know the Japanese favorite models? Do you know some curiosities related to phones in Japan? In this article we are going to talk all about Japanese phones.

In the Japanese language, cell phones are called keitai denwa [携帯電話] which literally means “portable phones”. The Japanese usually abbreviate it by keitai or sumaho [スマホ] which is short for smartphone.

Even though Japan is the center of technology, many Japanese have not evolved and still use phones with keys or the famous flip-phones (those open and close phones). A market that grows faster than the smartphone market itself.

Celulares no japão - curiosidades e modelos japoneses

Another cell phone that dominates in the TOP of sales in Japan is the famous Iphone, where it is very accessible to the Japanese due to the numerous postpaid plans of the operators and the high Japanese salary.

Why haven't flip-phones died yet? 

You can see anime and dramas, many characters still use flip-phones or an Iphone. Thinking about it, the benefits of flip-phones are many, they are lighter, more resistant to falls and considerably cheaper.

They also use much less data from carrier networks, which makes them cheaper plans for customers who buy these phones. The Japanese are slow when it comes to technological evolution.

Celulares no japão - curiosidades e modelos japoneses

Not to mention that Japan's flips are evolved. Some are touchscreen and have the Android operating system with 4G. Companies want to satisfy the tastes of the population, while advancing in technology.

fun facts about cell phones in Japan:

Using infrared and Bluetooth - It is very common to see people exchanging their numbers via infrared, or by email. You can notice several anime and dramas, rarely anyone will speak your phone number.

I don't even need to talk about the countless models, colors ... It is very common for girls to decorate their phones with thousands of stickers and key chains.

Celulares no japão - curiosidades e modelos japoneses

Talking on the phone in public transport is prohibited, there are several signs advising you to leave the phone in silence. In many places, taking photos with phones and cameras is prohibited, so anyone thinking of photographing everything should be careful. There are some restaurants and shops that prohibit the use of telephones.

Japan's operators are NTT DoCoMo, SoftBank, au / KDDI and Y! Mobile. O Line is the most used messaging app in Japan, no whatsapps…

Osaifu-Keitai - A system that turns your phone into a credit card capable of being used even in hanbaiki. (vending machines). There are alarms that call another person or guardian if someone is a heavy sleeper.

Celulares no japão - curiosidades e modelos japoneses

No matter the phone, it is common to see people watching TV, Movies on the metro, as the internet does not fluctuate. Novels for phones are quite popular in Japan, both books and games.

Custom models are quite common. Limited edition phones, and even Disney characters. There are also some rare models of cell phones that charge the solar battery.

Japan has already made cell phones with breathalyzers, 3D cameras, radiation detector, with transparent display, cookie and chocolate shapes, cell phones that turn into robots and many others.

Celulares no japão - curiosidades e modelos japoneses

In Japan it is common to pay bills by cell phone via NFC. Nowadays many Japanese use their cell phones instead of train passes like Switzerland or Pasmo. It is also possible to buy via codes on the Line or to shop at automatic machines.

Buying a cell phone in Japan

Unfortunately many cell phones are sold blocked by operators, requiring you to have an address in Japan and use an operator there. What makes it difficult to buy Iphones and other models.

It is still easy to find models with free SIM, which are called SIM FREE. Unfortunately these phones tend to be more expensive. Another alternative is to use a chip that unlocks these phones blocked by operators.

Celulares no japão - curiosidades e modelos japoneses
Telefones do Japão

If you live in Japan, buying a phone is easy. The operators offer several plans that appear to be advantageous, but nothing as scoundrel as Brazil's postpaid plans.

Cell Phone and Chip Rentals - If you are a tourist you can rent a phone. Usually requires a photo ID and a credit card. Many companies have kiosks at airports, while other companies will send a phone to your hotel or home. You can return phones at the airport or via e-mail, depending on the company.

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You can read our guide on how to access the internet for free in Japan.

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