Iphone 5 information is going to be posted soon in October. I was wondering if anyone knows if it will be coming to Docomo? I only want an iphone because I like the ios version of Anki more then the Android version.
I wonder if they will be unlocked? Or if they dont go to Docomo, will softbank or other carrier's have a unlocked version that is usable on Docomo's network.
Save your money and get yourself an Ipod touch now rather than getting caught up in the hysteria round the 5. It is the same IOS platform without the (not always favorably received) telephony, the GPS or the camera. There are a bunch of other neat apps for studying Japanese (if you can sort them out from the cooky-cutter dross), and the selection of on-screen keyboards is also pretty cool. I have the older (non retina) model and it has been worth every penny.
I see. Man I wish Docomo would get iPhone . Thanks for the replies guys. Why doesnt docomo ever get iphone3/4 and now the 5?
Someone said that you could buy a softbank iphone and put the docomo card in it, but they didnt know how to check your i-mode email with it though; gmail and other works ok apparently. I wonder if imode is possible with a iphone...?
Save your money and get yourself an Ipod touch now rather than getting caught up in the hysteria round the 5. It is the same IOS platform without the (not always favorably received) telephony, the GPS or the camera.
Depends if you want to always have your device on you, and always be connected to the net. The convince is worth the extra money for me. Plus you need to have some kind of phone anyway, so you're only looking at the extra cost rather then the total cost. It is still pretty pricey tho.
There is no way in hell that Apple will cave to Docomo's demands (some of what they want wouldn't even be allowed as an appstore app, like the imode shopping stuff), so it won't happen until Docomo becomes concerned about customers leaving for competing carriers and gives up.
This is a real threat now that AU offers the iPhone, as many customers stayed away from Softbank due to their reputation of being a scammy company regarding billing issues and their relatively bad network (works fine in Nagoya, but is awful in Tokyo).
Last edited by Jarvik7 (2011 November 22, 2:41 am)
Man Ive waited over 10 years for docomo on iphone... will it come ever?
Strange, the first iPhone was unveiled only about five years ago..
Though it would be nice, 1SEG will never be on the iPhone other than through an external device. It is not a worldwide standard and there is no way Apple will make a significantly different machine just for Japan.
imode is also not going to happen unless they fundamentally change what imode is Apple will not let Docomo directly bill content/shopping to phone bills, skipping Apple's 30% cut. No one wants old WAP-like crap instead of the full internet anyways.
Last edited by Jarvik7 (2011 November 30, 11:29 pm)
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But seriously, what that page says is that NTT Doromo will start selling the "doromo NEXT series iPhone 5 LTE A-01D" on May 1, which is 9 days ago. But good luck tracking down NTT Doromo, as I believe they are fictitious.
If you want an iPhone so badly, why not just switch to another carrier? You might even save a chunk of money. I'm sticking with Docomo because it's what I've always had and it's what my wife has, but then again, I don't want an iPhone.
Everyone does know that you can use an Iphone on Docomo right now right? Docomo will sell you a sim card that works on unlocked Iphones. The only issue at the moment is that you can't use Docomo's latest Xi data speeds since the current Iphone 4's don't cover those bands but you still get access to FOMA which is faster than anything you are currently getting on your Iphone with Softbank.
Just go into a Docomo store and ask for a SIM card only plan. You can attach whatever plans you want on to it. You can't get a @docomo.ne.jp email though unfortunately, thats restricted to only Docomo phone plans. The only bit to be a bit cautious about is the access point information which you will need in order to use the data networks. The kicker is that Docomo won't give that info to you so you have to hope the phone auto-detects it. I'd bet 1000yen that there are guides out there for getting iphone to work on Docomo, though they are probably in Japanese.