Amazon enters the Japanese mobile market

7 years ago by in Featured, Technology

Amazon will become the first foreign company to sell prepaid Internet access for smartphones and tablet computers in Japan, according to industry information.

The U.S.-based company is preparing to sell starting this month SIM cards for Y1,980 (about $25) which will include up to 500 MB of data usage.

The Japanese press speculates that Amazon will use infrastructure from local company Japan Communications Inc., which in turn uses LTE technology from NTT DoCoMo.

Other rumours in the industry have previously indicated that Amazon is preparing to launch its Kindle device in Japan, in partnership with NTT DoCoMo.

The SIM cards that are to be launched will work not only with the Kindle, but also with unlocked iPhones and other smartphone and tablet devices.

U.S. analysts think that Amazon may want to test this new service in Japan before launching it on the domestic market.