Japan’s number 2 telecom company and Japan’s iPhone carrier, Softbank, recovered the lead from rival Docomo. According to Yomiuri, in the competitive summer rush, Docomo, the 3-year undisputed leader, fell to second place. Softbank has now held the lead for two months.
The Japanese mobile phone market is incredible. If the iPhone hasn’t picked up steam in the island nation, it is probably for good reason: it simply doesn’t do half of the ‘mobile internet things‘ it needs to in order to be useful in Japan. One, is piracy. Apple’s sandboxed OS is great for stopping malicious code, and may even be the best way for porn connoisseurs to finally escape the viral effects of their habit. But, it isn’t a great platform for getting free music; especially in the land of the rising sun.
According to the Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri, certain BBS services and webpages are loaded with tunes for mobile phone users to capitalise on without having to part with any capital.