What's up with such an expensive phone that can only remember 10 missed calls and 10 for the received calls. They should at least offer 30,30 & 30 for all calls. People are paying over $500 U.S.D. for a phone in 2006 that can only remember 10 numbers per category.. Sharp can do better then this.
who has got the sharp 904 from japan and it works ok in australia??
Well, right now locked versions are going for around $550 USD. Once they get unlocked, I reckon they'll shoot up to $650 - $700 USD. Its a pricey phone, but if you want a good price, buy locked version now and get it unlocked later at a low price.
also i noticed here that the 904 unit doesnt comes with an earphone. there no jack or a slot to connect in. i tried my daugthers sharp 802 earphone. it wont fit. how can i listen my music privately and not using the phones speaker. am i akings a dumb question or thers a thing that i should know. PLEASE GUYS HELP IS HIGHLY APPRECIATE!!
i just got my sharp 904 from japan just last week. my sister aquired it from vodaphone , she send it by ems. it still connected with the vodaphone. she havent cancelled her contract with the network yet. im waiting to get it unlock. im just enjoying the great features of phone for the meantime.NOW!! my problem is. i just both a 512 mb mini SD memory card. when i try to set it to save the picture to the card it SAYS CANNOT SAVE!
is there any thing that i forgot to do. even i already formatted it. i try it to my daugthers sharp 802 unit. it works on her phone. for those who own a 904 i appreciate if you can help me with thig technical problem!
it's obvious that it's not true.. =\
HK cracked the phone but it's not stable yet, so they haven't released the method yet.. i don't think that philippines will be the first to have it.
congrats coz I read that u been able to hv ur fon "modified". I went to GreenHills last week and they said that they're still in the process of studying & experimenting on how to modify this fon. could u pls share to us the info as to where, name of the shop & how much did it cost to have it modified. thanks in advance.....
sharp 904 is a very interesting phone but i can't use the internet service.... i read about the comment that he/she was able to use web surfing here in the Philippines... pls can you tell me how to enable it? because it wont let me use it. it keeps on saying "internet service is not enabled" although i configured the gprs and mms already.... pls plspls can you tell me hows it done? pls e-mail me. thnks
WOW! the phone's great! u can just stare at its screen all day and still be more suprised! I've just unlocked it and it's everywhere here in the philippines! it's sooo cheap in greenhills! the sounds superb and the camera is the best ever! eventhough many of its other func won't be optimized outside of japan..who cares! I was able to use it for video calling and web surfing! and of course the DRM is still a problem so i just use video from youtube and convert it to 3gp with mpg4 as its sounds!!!!!!! and its louder than walkman or moto's roker phone! hehehe
Awesome, thanks for the links! Very interesting what you said, and I agree completely.
We are already seeing SHARP "Europized" handsets like the 550SH & 770SH which are due end of May at Vodafone UK. They are not the latest in technology, but certainly SHARP quality...to the taste of the Europeans.
Looking forward to seeing what else we can expect in the near future, though I will not hold on to the hope of seeing anything similar to the 904SH until next year.
Thanks for your info SS, great stuff!
As you know Softbank bought Vodafone KK. As the result, Vodafone KK no longer exist (Vodafone brand name remains in Japan until 30th September 2006). They have announced last week that the new name for the network will be “Softbank”. Very imaginative!
So this joint venture is between Softbank and “Vodafone Group” in the UK. Softbank is not interested in EU market. So you are right there! What Softbank is interested is the Global Roaming and other services Vodafone Group offers overseas that other Japanese operators such as NTT Docomo and au doesn’t have advantage on. Also the benefit for Softbank is the introduction of handset manufacturer such as Motorola and Nokia into their line up.
Then you may say “WHY???” Japanese handsets are miles better in functionality and services. True! But for Japanese, unique design of Nokia, Motorola and Samsung is still seen as attractive and Softbank certainly want to make a difference in Japanese market from design and impact aspects.
Benefit for Vodafone is more obvious. They will still keep in touch with the latest services and handset technology, so that they can introduce handsets with advanced technology faster that anybody else in Europe. So what we may see are completely European models but with latest functions etc from Japan.
Also to answer your question on Softbank’s expertise being Broadband and IT etc. Softbank bought Vodafone KK. Most employees worked for Vodafone KK remained in new Softbank’s mobile division. Only the top directors etc have changed. So effectively Softbank is adding IT and network solution expertise to the existing infrastructure of Vodafone KK.
So as the result, we may not see direct import of handsets like Sharp 902,903, 703 and Toshiba 921, 803. But what we may see are handsets designed in Europe but taking advantage of latest technology and services from Japan through the join venture.
You may already know but if you are so keen on latest mobile handsets and technology from Japan, check out these sites. The sites are updated daily during weekdays and are the best on the web for mobiles news. But of course you may need to start taking Japanese lessons to read them! You might have guessed, I am Japanese!
You certainly know the stuff. Keep the good work!!!
Softbank & Vodafone
SS: I hope you're right. I don't quite see it that way though. According to the japanese news Softbank is known for its aggressive competetiveness in the japanese market. Vodafone KK is only a small subsidiary of Softbank, and their other fields of expertice lay in the Broadband & IT sector. They are a Japanese company, should they care about the EU market...we'll see.
Whether Softbank & Vodafone KK will have further dealings with the Vodafone Group...I can only hope so, but I don't think it is all that likely.
But we'll see how the EU market is going, maybe there is a slim chance of receiving a bit more input from Japan.
Softbank and Vodafone has teamed up to form a joint venture to develop handsets and software / service / network solutions. Meaning there is still doors opened for slightly altered, yet high spec Japanese models to make it to the European market!!!
Very exciting news indeed. I hope that will include this phone to make it here in the UK!!!
just got a purple one in hk
only 3480hkd...approxiamately $450cad...
hope they unlock it soon!!
My all time favourite in design was the 802SH.
Don't ask me why, but therounded edges and the funky colors were really cool.
I LOVE the look of the 904SH as it is very smooth. Black is just as nice as the purple. They look great!!!
And I don't mind the size... they are great to hold and everything is just perfect for me.
i heard that the unlock will be up in the next 3 weeks... guess i gotta get this phone... you guys have to actually see the phone in person to appreciate its coolness@! like honestly it looks so much better in person than in the pictures. ;)
Quite the opposite...
I think the new models get sexier... The live footage of the 904SH is just awesome! Very nice phone indeed. I really envy the improved Media Player and apparent volume enhancement.
Other than that I'm happy to stay with my 903SH for now. The VGA video is cool, but yeah... I'll wait til an official unlock is available :)