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Hikarunu



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:25 pm Reply with quote
I wonder do Whatsapp popular in Japan? Or they prefer Line?
For some reason Japan really love Twitter than other countries.
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Nekelen Tinsley



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:32 pm Reply with quote
Thanks i was kinda curios about why they do this.
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Paiprince



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:45 pm Reply with quote
It's as if everyone has to conform to one international superpower's mode of cellular communication right? Rolling Eyes

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Ser3n



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:34 pm Reply with quote
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SMS was similarly stymied by service providers in other countries -- particularly in Europe


Really? Can you give an example?
I'm european (from Portugal) and all I've ever seen used in cellphones in the past is SMS, like in the US.
As such, I was also very curious about this practice.
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theemathas



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:36 pm Reply with quote
Thailand also primarily uses Line.
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John Thacker



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:37 pm Reply with quote
Hikarunu wrote:
I wonder do Whatsapp popular in Japan? Or they prefer Line?
For some reason Japan really love Twitter than other countries.


LINE is definitely the most popular messaging app in Japan (also Thailand and pretty popular in Taiwan), and it's not particularly close. Some 90-95% of Japanese with smartphones have and use LINE. Facebook Messenger is second (because everyone has FB), and Apple Messenger is reasonably high because of it coming with iPhones (but not elsewhere.)

Whatsapp is not that popular in Japan (nor China, though it's popular in Hong Kong and Singapore.)
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Northlander



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:15 pm Reply with quote
Ser3n wrote:
Really? Can you give an example?
I'm european (from Portugal) and all I've ever seen used in cellphones in the past is SMS, like in the US.
As such, I was also very curious about this practice.

I was a bit late to the cellphone market, but when I first started using it, most subscription services tended to limit talk time, as well as the amount of SMS- and MMSes you could send. (You could buy refill cards, though.) I don't remember there being a limit when it comes to different providers preventing you from sending messages to each other, though. It wasn't really normal to send MMSes back then, though, because if a phone came with a camera, it was usually a poor one, which resulted in some pretty poor-quality images (that you couldn't see well on the tiny cellphone screen anyway.)

Nowadays, all subscriptions come with unlimited talk time and messages, whether they include images or not. What you usually pay for is your monthly bandwidth usage, with streaming sites being the main resource hogs thereof. And smartphones can take some pretty nice images nowadays, which, despite them being somewhat compressed when sent, still look nice to the recipient.
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Kimiko_0



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:38 pm Reply with quote
Thanks for explaining. I figured Japanese "mail" was just another word for "SMS", just like in English "text" is often used to mean that.

Ser3n wrote:
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SMS was similarly stymied by service providers in other countries -- particularly in Europe

Really? Can you give an example?
I'm european (from Portugal) and all I've ever seen used in cellphones in the past is SMS, like in the US.
As such, I was also very curious about this practice.

It's news to me too. SMS was super popular here back in the late '90s/early '00s. Wasn't until smaphos that people started to use Whatsapp and stuff instead. Email never caught on for mobile use.
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Greed1914



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:45 pm Reply with quote
I was curious about this one too, since I've seen plenty of email addresses above what looked like text messages. It struck me as oddly cumbersome to send emails for something so short, but considering the alternative, I guess that couldn't be helped.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:54 pm Reply with quote
Paiprince wrote:
It's as if everyone has to conform to one international superpower's mode of cellular communication right? Rolling Eyes


*facepalm* What are you even talking about? Rolling Eyes

Hikarunu wrote:
I wonder do Whatsapp popular in Japan? Or they prefer Line?
For some reason Japan really love Twitter than other countries.


One of the reasons I assume Twitter is so popular in Japan is because of how much more you can say in 140 characters using Japanese script, compared to the Roman Alphabet.
Until recently, when trying to figure out the best way to contact a Japanese friend, I had never heard of LINE, but apparently it is also very popular there.
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DOMEENAYTION



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:22 pm Reply with quote
All I really remember about being limited in communication was that it was free to call after 7 and TO someone with the same company provider (verison). Even with that I didn't know Japan was even more limited.
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Afezeria



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:45 pm Reply with quote
Paiprince wrote:
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I'm guessing the one asking the question is merely curious about these differences, might as well put that into account. It does somewhat bewildered me that we have been getting similar structure of questions recently that started with " Why do anime characters do"..e.t.c. e.t.c..But I guess it's due time for that since a lot of people confessed that the act of answering such questions is very informative.

Back then, SMS are always used here when smartphone isn't a thing. Emails aren't widely used to message one another and the only purpose it served until today for Malaysian I'm guessing is for people to registered into websites, used it for works or to sent out small files and such. Instant messaging aps is very popular here, particularly Whatsap.
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sputn1k



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:42 pm Reply with quote
Another factor that impeded SMS usage was the very low character limit imposed on the messages. Unlike Western carriers Japanese carriers had to work with just 50 characters per message. There is a limit regarding how much data may be sent in SMS format, and Japanese glyphs take up more data space than Western letters.
You can easily get as much information across if you lose a lot of kanji, but it also makes the messages rather complex. Also there are a lot of words you use in casual communication that are not written in kanji, but in hiragana or katakana. And with hiragana and katakana you run out of 50 characters really, really fast.
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FukuchiChiisaia



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:14 am Reply with quote
theemathas wrote:
Thailand also primarily uses Line.


Indonesian too. Along with Facebook Messenger, Blackberry Messenger, and WhatsApp.
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kasumicc



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:06 am Reply with quote
Eh. Chilean here and SMS use has been on the decline for a while; everybody just uses WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger (though I prefer LINE). I haven't sent a SMS in years (except that one time where an earthquake struck and data network collapsed xD).

That's strictly associated with the smartphone penetration in the country though. I was still sending SMS as of 2010, but then, what I had at the time was a good old cellphone with buttons...
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