This also explains why my newest phone I have (LG) does mutlimedia texting, takes awesome pictures, makes movies and yes I can watch TV (live TV!) on it (and do email, games, blah blah blah all the other basic stuff)...all that plus I bought it off ebay without having a contract...wow. Oh yeah, and I can do it all with only one hand...heh.
The article above is awesome! Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone...
My favorite quotes from the article:
"Japanese citizens possess high, complex standards when it comes to cellphones. The country is famous for being ahead of its time when it comes to technology, and the iPhone just doesn't cut it. For example, Japanese handset users are extremely into video and photos — and the iPhone has neither a video camera nor multimedia text messaging. And a highlight feature many in Japan enjoy on their handset is a TV tuner."
"So that would suggest that in Japan, carrying around an iPhone — an outdated handset compared to Japanese cellphones — could make you look pretty lame."