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Behold: Free Wi-Fi at Peak of Mount Fuji

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3,776 meter high WiFi: Now you can check your email and post a selfie on Instagram from top of Mount Fuji, for free

Alexander Martin writes: Free Wi-Fi has reached a peak in Japan, the nation’s highest peak in fact.

Overseas tourists conquering the summit of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain at 3,776 meters, can now use mobile devices to share their experience via social networking websites or, if so inclined, check their work emails.

Mobile carriers NTT Docomo Inc. and KDDI Corp. have both set up free Wi-Fi hotspots for foreign visitors at the highest spot in Japan. The services, launched last week, will be available until September when the climbing season ends.

Docomo’s service “is aimed at attracting more overseas visitors to Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures, home to Mount Fuji,” the company said in a statement.

Instructions for using the Docomo service are available on fliers at the mountain’s main climbing routes. The KDDI service requires the downloading of an app in advance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rumor: Apple Poised To Land Japan And China’s Biggest Carriers For New iPhone

Two large gaps in Apple‘s iPhone carrier relationships have long been the largest mobile providers in Japan and China, NTT DoCoMo and China Mobile. Multiple reports today emerging from the far east indicate those holes will be filled shortly after Apple launches the new iPhones next week. A report from Yahoo Japan says the iPhone will be available from DoCoMo 10 days after the reveal, the same date it’s expected to go on sale worldwide. SinaTech is responsible for the China Mobile story, where an AppleInsider reader provided a translation suggesting the iPhone will at last reach the carrier in November.

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