In a country full of mobile devices that can pay for your food, let you watch live TV, surf the web at broadband speeds, and even wash your clothes (ok, maybe not), it’s not too surprising to hear that less than one-tenth of the Japanese population is interested in snatching up an Apple iPhone 3G.
The iPhone 3G is slated to launch simultaneously in a couple dozen countries on July 11, Japan included. And, that means there are going to be surveys cropping up that attempt to project real-world demand for the iPhone 3G. The latest such survey, conducted by iSHARE, showed that, out of 402 Japanese internet users aged 20-49 years old, a whopping 91% indicated that they could care less about the iPhone.
iSHARE’s survey was conducted after SoftBank’s announcement that the iPhone would be coming to Japan, but before the iPhone 3G’s official unveiling at the Apple WWDC 2008, so the survey results could be slightly skewed by the first-generation iPhone’s lacking feature-set. The iPhone 3G’s more rounded and extensive spec-sheet could appeal more to the same surveyed demographic – although iSHARE conjectures that the non-removable battery could be a weak-point for the iPhone 3G.