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Japan toying with idea of cellphone "sommeliers"

Japan toying with idea of cellphone "sommeliers"
Sean Cooper
Sean Cooper|@sean_cooper|January 21, 2008 10:57 AM

Japan seems set to begin licensing cellphone vendors as "sommeliers" in an attempt to help guide cheerful consumers through the quagmire of choices available for handsets and plans in Japan. Japan's communication ministry is looking to the private sector to manage the potential nightmare exam and certification process, with children's online safety highlighted as an important part of the plan. Mobile sommelier sounds like a pretty sweet title, we can totally feel how an HTC TyTN II might be paired with an earthy unlimited plan followed by the soft nutty finish of a 200-minute a week daytime calling package.

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