iPhone in Japan Is Turning Japanese

At least that’s what it looks like. Softbank has announced a few coming updates for iPhone users in Japan.

  • From November 4, iPhone users get free wi-fi public access through Yahoo!BB.
  • A 1-Seg tuner is set to come out in December, and it will also act as a battery charger (something I’ve wanted). It should cost around 10,000 yen.
  • They will be adding emoticon functionality by the end of the year through an update.

They’re still not addressing my only major problem with the iPhone, that you can’t get a sound or vibe alert when getting email (unless you use MobileMe, and even then it’s one short beep).