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06 2013

The Background to the Introduction of the Smartphone

Introduction of Smartphone 1

A small change in my life occurred during my “off-line period” is that I belatedly bought a smartphone.

I want to make sure beforehand that what I am about to tell you is just a current personal opinion, and I have no intention of being cynical about the other users.

It can be said that iPhone released for the first time in Japan in 2008 triggered the spread of smartphone though the device was in the marketplace before that. So, I had been almost indifferent to it for over 4 years.

This is because, firstly, I wasn’t interested in smartphones as a plaything. I mean I didn’t take along a music player and game machine. I’m not a SNS-loving person, early adopter, and Apple Freak. I continued to use Japanese conventional mobile phone, but it’s important to mention that Internet-capable and “smart” enough to check a little something on the Internet on the go. Furthermore, I spend a lot of time in my home or office that have good Internet access. I just didn’t feel such a need to have smarter one.

Secondly, it was the greater problem that the smartphone (including a mobile tablet) bill is extraordinarily high. In Japan, people generally subscribe to limited carriers for using a mobile phone. Though I was a casual user of the conventional phone, the average monthly payment was about 3,000 – 4,000 yen ($33 - 44). If I obey every whimsy of the carriers and have a smart one, I have to pay around twice as much as that payment. Well, now, generous Japanese, including non-high-tech ones, spend at least 7,000 yen or more every month for the new device. Why do I have to make the carriers richer?

From later last year, however, I felt it was about time I carry a better mobile device. I didn’t know what was going on, but I frequently got a bad line for the Internet connection with my phone. In the same period, I needed to download PDF files several times when I was away from home and office. Naturally, my first choice was a 7-inch tablet, but it was too large for me to carry around every day. So, I chose a smartphone solely because of its size.

To keep costs low, I completely ignored the carriers at the begging. I kept my old phone only for a phone call, bought a non-used smartphone at a second-hand shop in Akihabara, and got a SIM card for a network service of docomo, a major carrier in Japan, form MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator, a wireless communications services provider that does not own the wireless network infrastructure).

The system with two devices (a simple mobile phone and smartphone) that I employed is called a poor man's method :D. Indeed, if you don’t care about communication speed, you can have a smartphone with 490 yen ($5.4) at the lowest possible price on a monthly basis (you can’t make a phone call, though).

In my case, I chose an “all you can use” high-speed SIM card, so my monthly payment is about 3,300 yen ($36) for the two phones. Without subscription with docomo, I can tether my smartphone to my note computer – this is the other purpose of having the “smarter” one. If I buy a tablet, I can use it on the go without additional cost. If I ask docomo to unlock SIM of the phone, I can use it overseas with a domestic SIM card.

Introduction of Smartphone 2
My sister knitted me an original bag for hold up the two.

In conclusion, it’s really helpful!

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