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Over a Quarter of Japanese Want an iPhone, Survey Showed

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27% of Japanese wish an iPhoneA survey showed that about 27% of Japanese are willing to purchase an iPhone from Apple. Taking into consideration that Japan is the land of hi-tech novelties and a test ground for them these 27% should be considered flattering for Apple.

It is a fact that an outlander smartphone has slight chances in winning a good place on Japanese market, because in most cases authentic manufacturers' smartphones are more functional and have a better overall performance, they seldom pass Japan borders to receive global appreciation, so 27% are definitely quite optimistic.

Should be mentioned that these 27% are divided into 5% as "very willing to buy" and the rest 22% as "possibly willing to buy". If taking into account that Japanese are also people, thought very hi-tech addicted people, those possibly willing to buy an iPhone could turn into "I don't really need one", when it comes to paying from $500 and up for this smartphone.

When at the beginning of 2008 the iPhone will come on the Nippon islands Apple will face serious challenges, unless they will implement serious upgrades to their main product of the year 2007. Current models of iPhone still don't have 3G possibilities, which for Japan is a great drawback.

However, what iPhone and other Apple products DO have is a very, very slick and sexy design, which will win not one million of hearts by the end of this year.

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//5 Oct 14, 2007 08:47 AM | posted by: ryan
japanese SUCKS!!!!
23 votes

//4 Aug 21, 2007 11:00 AM | posted by: alcotrazz [InfoMANIAC]
Hey, Micky, thanks for sharing that. Honestly, I didn't see the Japanese from that side. I mean, I always thought they were something like this "+40" described them.
32 votes

//3 Aug 16, 2007 02:52 PM | posted by: Micky
As someone living in Japan right now, I can tell you that the iPhone is far beyond anything they have here. People here rarely buy smartphones, and the browsers on the 3G phones leave much to be desired.

Perhaps the sale of iPhones will increase peoples exposure to Apple as well, it would be nice to see some more variety. I can hardly talk people out of using internet explorer, much less switch to a different operating system.
28 votes

//2 Aug 09, 2007 10:19 AM | posted by: +40
something tells me they don't really give a damn about functionality or design. of course, some of they do, but not everyone... young japanese fall for everything new and shiny, like moths are drawn to light, so the japanese are drawn to everything new and cool. they heard that the iphone's been sellin tons in the US, so they though it's cool and it'd be cool having one showing off in front of the classmates.
those who DO care about functionality, they woudn't want an iphone (at least as their main portable), because of the reasons everyone, reading some iphone posts, knows: it lacks much!
just my opinion..
33 votes

//1 Aug 08, 2007 11:31 AM | posted by: Blitz
Maybe the Japanese are tired of their own technologies :) I mean why would they want an iPhone - 'cause it's cool? Naa. Guess Apple made a pretty good ad campaign and the Japanese fell for it. Still wonder whether people from Japan enjoy a good design or functionality.

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