here is wifi access points I use (at least once).View Larger MapPlease give me an email at kenji [at] kenjimori [dot] com if you can collaborate on this Google Map de wifi access. I will send you an invitation.
Every morning at the Kikuna 菊名 station, where there is an ntt docomo wifi access point, I can not afford it because I am always busy commuting to the office. Every night at the same station, I try to get wifi but often the train arrives before getting the connection to it; so, I’d rather choose to jump in the train and head home than wifiing in the station.
After all, I started to ponder WIFI=”on the go” is a very difficult conceptualization. Getting wifi connection is not as fast as mobile phone messaging or mobile emails in this situation and, obviously, mobile phone does a far better job in messaging. Wifi “on the go” needs a few more adaptations before taking off.
If you’d want to develop wifi services i.e. mzone, you should have a mobile site namely m.nttdocomo.co.jp so that I can direct visit the site with my smartphone and can download application from there. just like m.shozu.com, m.flickr.com, m.twitter.com, m.google.com e.t.c. are doing for smart phones.
I am now downloading application in my pc and then transfer that .cab file to my smarphone etc via ActiveSync, so tedious.
Thanks for NTT docomo mzone so comfortable here. it only costs 350 yen or usd 3 or so a month if you have subscription with docomo mobile. extremely cheap compared to US counterparts – what is it ? T-zone 30 dollars a month?
You’d definitely need shozu which is very powerful in the wifi smartphone environment, would allow you to upload direct from mini sd card which is otherwise impossible without shozu.
BTW, Japan is a wifi paradise, in my opinion, thanks to Son san of softbank who has implemented whatever he believes.
The thing is it is not FON, docomo mzone, softbank mobile, google even, or any other wifi player that has extremely low awareness among conventional people. It is simply WIFI that’s not known until this day to the general public. Docomo mzone, softbank mobille, fon, google even and all the wifi providers should promote WIFI together to increase the awareness and to achieve the critical mass. Or,they all gonna fail.
One of the things that are really annoying using smartphone photo is that you have to move files to PC before uploading to flickr. Today I’ve found the very useful tool called ShoZu that enables direct photo upload to flickr from smartphone (my case, X01HT, softbank mobile, Japan) :
It also allows up/download videos so I think the concept akin to dave winer et al talking a while back. I’ve found that Om Malik also likes shozu.
In terms of communication cost, the flat rate packet transmission for mobile plan in Japan initially increases after certain point in one step: that is, let’s say, $10 for the first some packets and the charge would increase straight until another point then becomes flat onwards. To use less packets, I tend to use wifi (of course, FON at home and outside, free of charge) and softbank BB mobile at McDonalds (which costs only $ 2 to $3 or something a month). Otherwise, I am gonna have to pay the full flat rate of JPY 4,200 (USD 35 or so) for packet in addition to mobile phone voice bill, which I don’t think so cheap as a personal use.
update: if you are in Tokyo, I strongly recommend to use NTT docomo mzone services, which costs only JPY 350 or 3 dollars a month with no extra if you subscribe to ntt docomo mobile service (that is, you have to live in Japan). This wifi service is available in most subway stations, some major trains like Toyoko line’s, Narita xpress, Keikyu Line, some Moss burgers, Tully Coffee, etc and some hotel lounge (right here I am getting access in the lobby of Nikko Hotel Tokyo).
m.twitter.com more for on the go, smart phone, this is my x01ht softbank mobile made by htc, being connected via FON AP at home.
Jason Calacanis interviews twitter founder Evan Williams, noting Robert Scoble was one of the major factors at the tipping point of the explosion of twitter.
The Internet in effects makes the user / customer segmentation more ocassion-based, than profile based. It’s more of what you do (email, search, im, blog, sns) than who you are (age, sex, what have you). And of course, you sometimes “twit.”
Because we don’t have enough time to make a blog post on the go, enough time to twit. It’s a time cycle segmentation, occasion based segmentation and time spots of our day (and night) distributed long tail.
As Martin once demanded, sonystyle Japan now offers Mylo bundled with FON router for JPY 39,800 (USD 339 @JPY 117/USD). via FON community inside MIXI (in Japanese, requires invitation.). Someone speculates SONET, the ISP of the Sony group, might change the policy regarding FON usage, which is not allowed now.
UPdate: Here is Mylo blog in Japanese.
The next weekend Mar 24 and 25, fon, mylo, and skype will have a joint collaboration called happy-wireless in Harajuku.
Thanks to FON User’s blog (in Japanese) for providing the number of FON APs derived from whatever the database, I just coundn’t resist dividing the number of APs by the number of population. That is, FON APs per million, Sweden tops (=288) and Hong Kong follows (202). US is quite low (=10), so is Japan (=23).
FON User’s blogにのってました国別集計を各国に人口で割ってみました。人口百万あたりのFON APの数です。スウェーデンが一位(=288),香港が二位(=202)。米国はえらい低く(=10), 日本もかなり低いです(=23)。ガンバラねば。
Note: Also worth noting FON Earth from the same FON user’s blog.
Population statistics per US Bureau of Census.
おつかれさまでした。(English: Congratulations! Though I was not really listening to the presentation since the place was so crowded, I suppose what he talked about was more or less the same with the press release made during the day time on the same 12/4.)
Here is from netafull, YouTube.
Update: “FON” is ranked second as the popular keywords now (as of 11:16, 2006/12/05)
It moved up to the top as of 10:00am, 12/06, Japan time.
Also the Blog TV video featuring Ｃｈｉｇａｈａｒａ san of FON Japan, (in Japanese) aired the last Friday on Tokyo MX TV. (via blog tv official site)
MONTHS LATER: PODCAST cliraji featuring Chigahara san and Mashima san.
UPDATE: Fon community at mixi ミクシィのFONのコミュニティです now reached 567 over the ten days, almost 4x of what it had prior to the launching campaign. キャンペーン開始前の約４倍、2006年年末時点でメンバーが750名を超えました。
See the spike right after the La Fonera free sampling campaign Dec 5-Dec 9