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In Japan, cheaters flip over 'infidelity phones'

Your cheatin' heart may tell on you, but your Fujitsu F-series flip phone won't. Some cheaters in Japan are reportedly getting an infidelity assist from older phones with fancy privacy features.


It looks like some cheaters in Japan aren't embracing the latest advances in technology.

According to a Wall Street Journal article, older flip phones are the communication device of choice for players looking to sneak around and keep the phone evidence hidden. For those people, the importance of subterfuge is greater than the importance of having the latest smartphone technology.

Fujitsu F-series phones have earned a reputation as "infidelity phones." They have potent privacy features that make it pretty much impossible for significant others to snoop into extracurricular texts and calls. They also hide the fact that you're using advanced privacy features, making the phone seem totally innocent.

The Journal quotes a Japanese blogger going by the name of Bakanabe. "Women may want to check my phone for strange e-mails or calls when I'm not around. With Fujitsu's 'privacy mode' they can't see that information at all," he said in an e-mail to the news outlet. "The key is to give off the impression that you're not locking your phone at all."

The blogger has patched up his old Fujitsu phone rather than get a new one without the same privacy features.

Sorry, cheating Americans, these phones are reserved for the Japanese market. You'll have to settle for an infidelity app rather than a whole infidelity phone.

What's the lesson in all of this? If you're in Japan and your significant other loves his or her Fujitsu F-series phone so much that he or she won't ever consider an upgrade, you might get just a little bit suspicious.

Fujitsu F-01B
The Fujitsu F-series is known for its superstealthy privacy mode. This F-01B is from 2009. Wikimedia Commons