I was on a design team with some 2 way paging and Japan did such changes on purpose to stop (cheap?) imports from interaction on their networks. There is no reason to expect they will allow a foriegn device to make a call. Be ready to rent a phone there.
so i know that japan uses a different type of network of frequency(I know they have 3g technology as well which we are seeing now in the US)... whatever it might be called and you can't use the phones available in the US in japan(even if they are quadband/triband phones). in the past i've had to rent phones in japan through cingular and ntt docomo.
i have two questions.
1. since helio is/was originally a south korean product, would it possibly work in japan?(south korea and japan when i last checked run on the same kind of network...)
2. are there any phones coming up in the future that might be able to work in japan?
my contract is running out soon so i can change phones. right now i have a razr. i wouldn't mind keeping the razr for a while if there will be a phone in the future that might possibly work in japan. i'm going back sometime in the summer/fall of this year and i'll be there for a while. i might just end up renting a phone in japan opposed to going through cingular(roaming charges are horrendous in japan) which might end up being the cheaper option.
thanks in advance for any help.