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2012 March



Smartphone Invasion

By Dominic Carter


When I first came to Japan in the late 1990s, one of the most telling signs of the country’s consumer technology progress versus America, Europe and Australia was its cell-phone network. Not only were Japanese handsets much more advanced than what was available on the GSM and CDMA systems in Western countries, but Japanese carriers had also pioneered business models such as NTT Docomo’s Internet capable i-mode, that went hand-in-hand with advanced hardware.

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