Sunday, 12 October 2008
1) Add new Cydia source: http://homepage3.nifty.com/moyashi/cydia
2) Reload packages lists and find SBankNotify package, it will be installed togeather with the BossPrefs if you don't have it already.
3) Start the BossPrefs and turn the SBankNotify ON
If you want to change the incoming melody, swap the /System/Library/Audio/UISounds/sbank.caf AIFF file with your custom ringtone.
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Friday, 11 July 2008
More than 1500 people lined up overnight to get their hands on the Apple Inc. handset outside the store, where the much-hyped product first went on sale earlier than other stores in the morning. A kilometer-long line formed outside the store, which stopped accepting orders for the model before its doors opened at 7 a.m.
Link to the story (in Japanese)
Thursday, 10 July 2008
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
- SoftBank Omotesando, from 6.45 - countdown ceremony
- Yurakucho Bic Camera main building, from 11.10 countdown ceremony with the SoftBank's president Masayoshi Son
- Akiba and Umeda Yodobashi Camera Multimedia building, from 11.45 countdown events
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
Friday, 4 July 2008
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Discounted with the new super bonus:
8GB model 30240Yen - monthly 1260Yen
16GB model 41760Yen - monthly 1740Yen
Compared to MNP and "New Contract" price, both 8GB and 16GB will cost 300Yen more per month. Keep in mind that all of the current "New Super Bonus" customers will need to payback remaining installments (not discounted!) for their phones. One can check remaining payments on the My SoftBank website.
This information came to us directly from one of the SoftBank's store managers.
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Saturday, 28 June 2008
7/11 - Worldwide iPhone selling event will be held at the Sofbank Omotesando store. Unlike in the United States iPhone 3G will not be sold at the Apple Store Japan. Thus, a special event will be organized at the Ometosando Softbank's flagship store starting from the morning (7/11). We don't know the details concerning the event but it looks like it will be co-organized with Apple Japan. In the other SoftBank's stores iPhone 3G will be sold starting from 9AM. SoftBank will sell iPhone through its online store starting from 7/11 as well.
Friday, 27 June 2008
Thursday, 26 June 2008
- About the contract: In case of the new contracts there will be three payment methods: Credit Card, Bank Transfer and Automatic Transfer from the Post Office Account. No cash and convenient store payments. MNP and plan changing customers who used to pay by cash will have to change their payment method.
- Inventory: Ten iPhones are packed inside of a distribution package. Each store will get about 30 of them Decision about exact amount of iPhones distributed among the stores will be made on July 4th.
- Phonebook migration: There will be no phonebook migration service in the stores (copying contacts to iPhone from your old phone) . Windows migration utility will be distributed on a CD. "3G Cable" will be sold separately.
- USIM card: Special USIM card will not work with foreign devices. iPhone won't operate without proper USIM card.
- Apple Store: Apple Stores are not equipped with SoftBank's systems, thus iPhone can not be sold-activated there. Properly equipped (GINIE SoftBank system) volume sellers and stores should be able to handle selling of iPhones.
- There will be "two steps" activation. First step - SoftBank store, Second step - iTunes activation at home.
Monday, 23 June 2008
- S! Mail is not available! new mail service exclusively for iPhone will be called email (i) and your mail address will be in the @i.softbank.jp domain contrary to the current S! Mail domain - @softbank.ne.jp That being said, current SoftBank customers who switch to iPhone will need to change their SoftBank email address.
- Student discount is not available.
- There is a special USIM (SIM card) for iPhone. Customers who change their SoftBank phone to iPhone will be required to exchange their SIM card. Moreover, dedicated iPhone USIM (SIM card) can not be used in other phones. That prevents iPhone to be used with regular SoftBank price plans and additionally locks the device.
- Voice call charges, plan's free minuets, basic charges are the same as the current price plans, for example in case of White Plan (i) voice calls to other domestic carriers' handsets as well as voice calls within SoftBank from 9PM till 1AM cost 21Yen per 30 sec. (42Yen per minute, tax included) - just as regular White Plan.
- Tada tomo mail discount service can not be used with Email (i).
- New Super Bonus Discount service works exactly the same.
- Data plan is required.
16GB Model (tax included):
3360Yen iPhone installment
5985Yen data plan
315Yen S-Basic Plan
980Yen White Plan (i)
6Yen Universal Service
-1920Yen monthly discount
TOTAL: 8726Yen per month
8GB Model (tax included)
TOTAL: 8246Yen per month
For Official Softbank Press Release click here.
8GB model - 23,040Yen, monthly charge 980Yen , Data Plan 5,985Yen
+ (315Yen monthly - S! Basic Pack) =
7,280Yen monthly plus Phone Price:
8GB - 23,040Yen
16GB - 34,560 Yen
(It is also possible to get it with Blue and Organe Plan.)
Phone Price will be paid in monthly installments:
Monthly installment 2,880Yen × 24 months
Special discount 1,920Yen×24 months
Phone Cost: 960Yen×24months＝23,040Yen
Monthly installment 3,360Yen × 24 months
Special discount 1,920Yen×24 months
Phone Cost: 1,440Yen×24months＝34,560Yen
Click here to read how Special Discount works
More about White Plan in English click here.
More Details here!
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
Today, starting from 10am NTT Docomo held general meeting of stockholders. Possibility of selling iPhone was discussed. Managing director priced iPhone for its touch panel and established Apple fan base. Modified LG Prada and Sharp SH906i are the two touch panel devices offered by Docomo.
Docomo declined to answer any questions related to talks with Apple.
Thursday, 19 June 2008
First, dig to the source - from the official iSHARE press release:
Survey target: members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service
Besides the fact that the sample does not represent Japanese cellphone market its size (around 400 answers) is too small to be taken seriously.
So the headlines should read: “Survey: 91% of CLUB BBQ members don’t want an iPhone”
If you did not skip your statistic classes you should know that the best way to avoid a biased or unrepresentative sample is to select a random sample, also known as a probability sample. A random sample is defined as a sample where the probability that any individual member from the population being selected as part of the sample is exactly the same as any other individual member of the population - and for sure not all of them should be BBQ CLUB members.
PS. Luis Vuitton Survey is an another good example of Japanese misleading statistics causing misinformation in the western world.
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
“I am delighted at this opportunity to partner with Apple,” said Masayoshi Son, SBM chairman and CEO. “SBM’s and Apple’s shared vision of promoting the innovative integration of the Internet and mobile phone through the distribution of iPhone is exciting. iPhone has been enthusiastically received around the world, and we think it will be popular in Japan as well.”
“Japan is one of the world’s most advanced mobile markets and we are thrilled to partner with SoftBank to launch iPhone 3G there next month,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s COO. “iPhone 3G is an amazing product and we think customers in Japan will love it as much as we do.”
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Monday, 31 March 2008
Aiphone Co Ltd, which handles interphones and other products, announced March 24, 2008, that it reached a friendly agreement with Apple Inc after negotiating issues concerning the similarity between the brand name owned by Aiphone and Apple's mobile phone "iPhone."
Saturday, 29 March 2008
Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said it would make sense for Apple to bring out its high-speed iPhone in June around the time it launches an upgrade to iPhone software.
Source: IGM, Reuters
The person, who declined to be named, said Hon Hai would be producing next- generation iPhones for Apple and is the exclusive contract manufacturer for the new phones.
A Hon Hai official, who declined to be named, told Dow Jones Newswires that the company was in talks with Apple for the supply of a "more advanced version" of the current iPhone. The Hon Hai official declined to provide further details.Source: CNNMoney