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i-mode creator Natsuno praises iPhone

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, August 21, 2008
News Categories: iPhone

Takeshi Natsuno, developer of Japan’s first Internet cell phone service, i-mode, has praised the iPhone in an interview with the AP, saying that his country’s cellular manufacturers could “never” produce such a device. “This is a great device,” Natsuno said while holding his iPhone 3G. “This kind of device cannot be produced by Japanese manufacturers. Never.” Natsuno, who left Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo three months ago, described current Japanese cellular executives as conservative, and lacking the creative sensibilities of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “They have to take a risk,” he said. “To do that, clear direction, clear vision, clear leadership are necessary.” Although Natsuno is obviously enthusiastic about the iPhone’s ease of use and multi-touch interface, he admits to carrying a DoCoMo handset as well, because the iPhone lacks some Japan-centric features such as wallet phone capability.

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Comments

1

It’s not just Japanese cellular executives that lack creative sensibilities and are scared to take a rist; it’s an epidemic infesting the minds of executives worldwide and hindering their organizations ability to succeed in an ever changing world.  This is why it is even more beautiful and inspiring to see an organization like Apple.  Regardless of what you think, the truth is they are a success because they take risks and they are willing to change.

Posted by Cereal on August 21, 2008 at 4:18 PM (PDT)

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I aggree with you Cereal. ....

Posted by dennis on August 21, 2008 at 6:05 PM (PDT)

3

Boy, you nailed that, Cereal.

Posted by RNB in Bakersfield, CA on August 22, 2008 at 12:42 PM (PDT)

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