By Jim Karpen on Fri, 02/27/2009
We're iPhone lovers here on this blog, and the iPhone is undeniably popular worldwide. But not in Japan. There the phone companies have to give the iPhone away, and even then people avoid it. Wired is reporting that the distaste comes from a calling plan that's much more expensive, and also missing functionality that's important to the Japanese, who are big on taking videos and fairly high quality photos on their phones. Other reasons include hostility to Western brands, and the fact that many people use a phone as their only computer and don't like it that the iPhone needs to be connected to a desktop computer for certain functions.