While we’re dwelling on 3G iPhone’s – speculating, guessing, hoping, and dreaming – Japan is having a good laugh.
NTT Docomo – Japan’s biggest cell phone service provider – has signed a deal with Apple for iPhone distribution.
However – the iPhone won’t be bringing Japan the same kind of innovation it brought the rest of the world.
NTT Docomo already has a slew of 3G phones:
[image via Engadget]
Not only are these phones 3G capable, but they have GPS, HSDPA, 1-seg mobile TV, full browser with flash 8 support, DCMX and iD Mobile Credit Cards.
True – they don’t look as sleek as the iPhone: nor do they boast an impressive "all-screen" multi-touch design – but from a tech perspective, they are more advanced.
And furthermore – while we’re still awaiting a 3G iPhone to be announced at the WWDC…
..Japan already has a deal in the works with Israel’s Altair for "ultralow power and ultra high performance" 4G chips.
Yes, I said 4G.
In summation, the rumor that "Japan is so far ahead of us technologically" is as true as ever.