Thursday, February 16, 2006

Top-selling phones in Japan during first week in February

Yaromir at Japan's Cellphone Edge points to some interesting data from GfK about the Japan handset market. Below is a list of the top 3 selling handsets in Japan during the first week of February (01/30/06~02/05/06) for Japan’s top four carriers, NTT DoCoMo, KDDI au, KDDI Tu-ka and Vodafone:


1. NEC N901iS
2. Sharp SH902i
3. Mitsubishi D902i

KDDI au:

1. Toshiba W32T
2. Sony Ericsson W41S
3. Hitachi W32H


1. Kyocera TK51
2. Toshiba TT51
3. Kyocera TK41


1. Toshiba V502T
2. Toshiba 803T
3. Sharp 703SH

Notice anything? They're all Japanese brands and none of the the top 3 global handset manufacturers, Nokia, Motorola or Samsung, are represented. What does this mean? Is Japan is a hard nut to crack or are the manufactuers just not designing phones that Japanese consumers want? Or both?