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Smartphones Alert Users to Potential Dangers

Japan recently has been devastated by disasters of the earthquake and nuclear variety. One of their mobile phone companies is responding by incorporating innovative warning systems into their smartphones. They alert users to impending earthquakes and radiation exposure.

Japan Meteorological Agency alerts are sent to Softbank smartphone users

Softbank Mobile?s Pantone 4 105SH phone provides an emergency earthquake alert service that notifies areas/regions where strong shaking is expected using a warning tone, vibration, and screen notification. This Emergency Earthquake Alert is provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency after analyzing the data observed by a seismometer near the earthquake origin when an earthquake occurs. It immediately determines the epicenter and seismic intensity or magnitude of the earthquake. A notification is sent as soon as possible to areas where strong shaking is expected.
Softbank with over 25 million subscribers, 6,700 employees, and more than 200,000 Wi-Fi Spots donates large sums of money earmarked for the relief, aid and support for those afflicted by the effects of the March, 2011 earthquake and to assist in the recovery of the affected areas.

Yahoo! News out of Malaysia is reporting that Softbank unveiled the world?s first radiation-detecting smartphone, the Pantone 5 107SH. Made by Sharp, the Android 4.0 handset features a 1.4GHz processor, a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 display, a TV tuner, wireless payments, and a 4MP camera. It is water and dust proof with an infrared data port. The device should be available in Japan in July. Pricing has not been revealed.

The company which has been in the telecom business since 1989, launched Sky Melody, a mobile telecom ring tone distribution service, in 1998, followed in 2000 by a mobile handset with a digital camera, the J-SH04. Softbank offers prepaid service for short term residents and have shopping and support in English, as well as their native Japanese.