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Smartphones put writing on the wall for paid texts

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With so many free messaging apps as well as Skype coming to 3G on iPhone soon it won't be long until most phone companies become mobile Internet providers.

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well considering this is Japan and Japantoday, it is rather remiss of you to not mention" line", it's lie a plague! 18million users of line in Japan, 40 million worldwide and growing. Good riddance SMS - I have never had the misfortune of relying on SMS, when I first came to Japan, full email on phones was the M.O of the Japanese keitai, I went straight from a 1G phone back home to a 2G full emailing Japanese phone. And then jumped on the smartphone wagon when docomo first released them 3 years age.

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