Keitai : Smart phones are overwhelming the “Galapagos cell phones.”

▶ According to a 2014 (two thousand fourteen) survey, penetration of cell phones in Japan is over 100% (one hundred percent). This result means that some people have more than one cell phone.

▶ Many people own both a smart phone and a so-called “garakei.” Garakei is short for “Galapagos cell phone”. It means cell phones with technical specifications unique to Japan, that were never sold outside the country. As you can imagine, the name comes from the islands off the west coast of South America.

▶ Recent surveys indicate that more people, including the elderly and children, use smart phones, like the iPhone or Android devices, instead of the Galapagos cell phones.