According to Business Week, the iPhone has been a success in Japan, taking 72% of the smartphone market. This is more than double over a year ago, and shows tremendous growth. The iPhone went on sale in Japan in July 2008, and over the 12 months ending March 31, 1.69 million units were sold — which put the total at 2.3 million units.
While this is impressive, keep in mind that the smartphone market in Japan isn’t exactly huge. Japan — as a massive generalization — prefer feature packed dumb phones. The ones that have TV tuners, five billion different functions, and would blow our puny little minds. I’m not sure why they’re not counted as smartphones, but evidently they aren’t, and still remain very popular.
[via 9 to 5 Mac]