wifi in the lobby (or, no one but me is wifiing around here.)

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.

wifi in the lobby, originally uploaded by kenjimori.

Mylo and FON

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.

おつかれさまでした (Congratulations)

fon night


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.

Best wishes,

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。

Graph evolution of community at Mixi for FON, Mylo, and X01HT, updated 2007/01/21

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See the spike right after the La Fonera free sampling campaign Dec 5-Dec 9

mylo community at mixi

I got quite interested in MYLO, the new mobile device just released from SONY US (via techcrunch and 日本語 techcrunch Japan in Japanese).

I am particularly excited to see the situation that the hardware device like MYLO lets a user to choose one of Google talk, Yahoo messenger, and Skype as a messeging tool in the menu. Ironically, the situation has been totally the opposite where a bunch of manufacturers like Sony are to be selected in the internet shopping or auctioning environment and the price competition usually squeezes profit margins of manufactueres and retailers.

Checked if there is mylo community already established at mixi. There was already one dated Auguest 8, the day after the tech crunch reported. Now there are 18 members and I am the 19th. I think I am gonna try to get one when I will visit US (SFO) this Fall.

Update: Someone at mixi community provided the accompanying video from youtube.

Update2: Martin Varsavsky of Fon thinks Fon fits with MYLO well. I totally agree.

Update3: I’ve found skype blogs about mylo, too (in English and in Japanese 日本語のブログ).

Update 4: I like Giga OM review on mylo includes the spontaneous purchase intent survey in its post. It also notes that mylo targets MySpace set, then subsequently reminded me if the US congress will prohibit Sony from selling mylo to the minors. (I hope this will turn out to be a total joke!).

Update5: Engadet and its Japanese companion 日本語版

Oh, Joi Ito already got one

dokodemo tv or どこでも TV

via skype blog これはいいかも! This might be good! Not sure if there is anything to do with DORAEMON. Probably not.

* Oh, BTW, for those of you who are not quite familier with its naming “dokodemo” in Japanese or どこでも, please note it strongly borrows from DORAEMON’s famous Dokodemo (anywhere) door.

UPdate: I’ve found this CNET ASIA blog artile by mobile ojisan: the retail price is JPY 8,900 or USD 77.

FONの風景 (The Scene of FON)

いまひとつ見えなかったFONの風景ですが、本日の発表会 記者会見)の録音を聞いて、なんとなくですが、イメージがみえてきました。伊藤穣一さんと多分お隣の女性が通訳&解説をされています。こちらは、Gohsuke Takama さんよりMIXIのコミュでご提供いただいた写真(↓)と発表会記者会見の録音です。

関連記事 IT media news and CNET JAPAN finally today (4/26/2006)

After listening to the audio of today’s press conference, now I have a better understanding of how FON will be used and utilized in Japan (Audio in English more or less with Japanese translation accompanied by Joi Ito et al, by the courtesy of Gorsuke Takama.)

Update: Here is the press release handout in PDF in Japanese 記者会見の資料(日本語), generously provided again by Gohsuke Takama.



The photo by the courtesey of Gohsuke Takama, as well.

Update: I have spotted FON Japan blog here.

For those who would like to join FON community at MXI FONのコミュニティ. (If you are not a mixi member yet or don’t know what it is. here.)