I got my phone repaired today, it had been playing up for a while. I’ve been using 3G (NTT DoCoMo FOMA service) here in Japan since the second wave of handsets arrived and they became affordable and small enough to slip into your pocket without causing girls to stare.
My first FOMA was catchily entitled NEC FOMA N2105-V, a little black number with a clear screen but a crazy design, whereby if you hold it as it’s meant to be held, you end up talking into the speaker and listening to the microphone.
It was very cool looking, but turned out to be a right peice of rubbish from a usability point of view.
Still, I’m happy with the 3G coverage and have generally found the service to be good and cheap and the data connection to be as high as 300kbps, faster than some UK broadband connections. There have been a few problems with bad reception in remote areas, for example Ogasawara archipelago and underground restaurants, but all in all a satisfactory purchase.