Archives for the day Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Public telephones, Cell phones in Japan

 In Japan, you will see public telephones at many locations such as at the department stores (rest room areas, entrance area), at the train/bus stations, parks,Airport, in the bullet train (Shinkansen) etc..

 I would imagine you may find more public telephones in Japan than in the states.

Public telephones in Japan..

 For public telephones, you would commonly find green ones or grey ones. Green ones are public telephones with no digital screen on, and grey ones are digital public telephones.

 Usually, public telephone booth area has stack of telephone books for the local areas.

 On the right corner of the top are on the public telephone, you will find the slot for coins. Normally, public telephones will take 10 yen (10 cents) and 100 yen (1 dollar).

 Then, you will find the push buttons on right hand side,and right next to the buttons, you will find the slot for magnetic telephone card.

 Telephone card can be purchased at convenience stores,vending machines etc.. and usually one card is worth for 500 yen (5 dollars) talk time or for 1,000 yen (10 dollars) talk time.

How to make a call in Japan using telephone card/coins from public telephones..

1. Pick up the phone and slide the magnetic telephone card, or put coins in the telephones

2. Push the numbers to make a call

** If you are using grey digital public telephones, you will see how many minutes are remaining with the amount of coins or telephone card inserted on the screen

** If you used up the coins or telephones, phone will beep and, you can insert another telephone card or coins

3. When you hung up the phone, you will get the telephone card back from bottom slot or change if you use coins

** With the magnetic telephone card, you will notice there is numbers on top.

 When you make a call using the magnetic telephone card,and when you get
your card back from the phone, you will see the tiny hole below the
number. That hole indicate how much is left with the telephone

<Useful numbers in Japan>

** Police; 110

** Fire/ambulance; 119

** Toll free number starts with 0120

** Weather forecast; area code and dial 177 (*service charge may apply)

** International call

 One of Big International telephone companies is KDDI, and if you use KDDI to make an International call, you will dial International call number 001-010 and dial country code and telephone numbers you wish to make a call to (* You would need to omit the zero from area code).

 In Japan, certain time is cheaper rate than the other time in a day.

 When I come over to the states, I thought it funny to hear that dialing to Police here in the states is 911, which for me, it is like dialing from last for Japanese ambulance number and, with international call, I learned I should dial “011” before country code and it is like dialing from last for Japanese police number.

 One other thing I notice with dialing number is that, here in the states, when you call someone outside the area,or call someone with cell phones, you will dial “1” and then, area code and telephone number, but in Japan, you do not need to dial “1” even if you will call to outside the area or people with cell phones.

 Now and then, I get confuse whether I should dial “1” for the number I wish to call or I do not have to.

 On the talk of telephones, I think if you were into cell phones, Japan will be fun place to look into.

 I see now that states seems to be pushing the limit to functionality of cell phones and focusing more on new software but in Japan, we seem to focusing more on new hardware.

 Back in 2007, Sharp electronics company in Japan have released the cell phones  called “SH903iTV mobile phone that you can watch TV in HD, you can record the TV shows for later to watch (tivo for cell phones,in a way).

 American cell phones can capable of watching TV or recording the shows?

 You can watch youtube video below that shows you how Japanese cell phone work  to watch TV with it.

Japanese Cell phone

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 Also, in Japan, you can find the cell phone that can be pulled apart into two, and one part becomes screen, and the other becomes remote control and this is great function if you watch TV with cell phones with your friends.

 I thought it will be interesting for you to watch it with your eyes how they can be pulled apart and, I would share the youtube video with you.

Japanese pull apart cell phone

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 If you think this is cool cell phones, there are some more cool cell phones in Japan.

 The same Sharp Electronics company in Japan released 3D cell phones and, you can enjoy the video you have recorded with 3D.

 How it looks like?

 Below is the youtube video you can watch how the 3D video on the cell phone looks like.

Japanese 3D cell phones

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 You can also videotape movements with 3D setting and then, you can watch it with 3D on the cell phone screen.

 Below is the tutorial how to record movement with cell phone.It is in Japanese but, you can watch the video and see what it would look like. This particular video is showing how to record video, how to upload to youtube and how to watch the video with 3D.

3D video with cell phone;Tutorial

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 Below is the same cellphone video where you can see what you would expect to see on the cell phone screen when you watch the video on cell phone with 3D.

Japanese 3D cell phones (3D glasses version)

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** At blog site, it does not seem to show with 3D (red/green screen),and I recommend you to watch the video at youtube here.

Aren’t they cool cell phones?

What do you look for in future cell phones?


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