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Only in Japan: waterproof, fingerprint scanning phone

Posted by Jon Russell on January 21, 2009

As is so often the case with the mobile industry, the craziest things tend to happen in Japan.

The latest?

Fujitsu has announced a world first,  the F-01A phone complete with fingerprint enabled, waterproof phone to give the phone-owning public its own dose of James Bond gadget-fever on a daily basis. The device, like many of Mr Bond’s cars, is amphibious and resistant to a maximum of three feet of water, from where Fujitsu alleges it can give half an hour of service.

A 3.5-inch VGA touch-screen, 5.2-megapixel camera, built-in GPS, mobile payment capabilities and built-in TV tuner complete the stellar features set. SMS features as as standard, of course, being as it is the new black.

The F-01A will be available with operator NTT DoCoMo although no details of the price or launch date are available yet.

Heads up to CNET for the news.

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Indians flirt by text

Posted by Admin on January 19, 2009

A new survey has revealed that in India the two most popular uses for SMS, MMS and mobile IM are to send romantic messages to their partner and to send romantic messages to someone other than their partner. It seems to me that if people are doing both they are playing a dangerous game … They also use SMS to quit their jobs and fire people.

The survey was conducted by Synovate and Microsoft and also looked at other countries in the APAC region.

It found that the Chinese (at 58%) were the most likely to discuss marriage proposals over text message; while Japanese women were the most likely to check the text messages and call history on their husband’s phone, with 71% saying they would.

You can read more about the survey here.

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