FWIW: this is the way SeekingAlpha is reporting the story:
Arriving Late, Can BlackBerry Hook Japan's Mobile Market?
Summary: NTT DoCoMo (DCM), Japan's largest mobile-phone operator, has
begun marketing Research in Motion's (RIMM) advanced BlackBerry 8707h.
There appears to be strong interest among expats and particularly in
investment banking. Since most Japanese have never heard of the
BlackBerry and are unlikely to take to its "clunky" and "large" design
compared to Japanese handsets, DoCoMo is accordingly only selling it
to corporate customers and even then, particularly to foreign
employees of MNCs. Furthermore, there are some differences in business
culture that make the BlackBerry less meaningful to the Japanese, such
as working longer hours as opposed to making oneself available via
wireless/email, and doing more business face-to-face instead of
relying on email; few Japanese companies even have a system in place
that syncs office email networks with devices such as BlackBerries.
On 9/21/06, Darren McKellin <dmckellin_at_visto.com> wrote:
> On the DoCoMo Japan website it states the Japanese Blackberry does not support typing in Japanese. To type in Japanese using Namimail, DoCoMo Japan says to contact DoCoMo USA. It does not appear that DoCoMo in Japan is going to support namimail directly
Received on Tue Sep 26 17:02:32 2006