The Infidelity Phone

Ladies, if your man has this phone, he may be a cheater. Photo: House of Japan

Got a cheatin' heart? Better ditch that iPhone and get yourself the phone of choice by adulterers: the Fujitsu F-Series flip phones.

In the era of smartphones, the Fujitsu F-Series flip phones aren't the coolest looking - but it has a feature that make it uniquely suitable for cheaters. Sure, you can lock your smartphone and that there are apps that can erase text messages and call history, but the genius of these flip phones - nicknamed the "uwaki keitai" or "infidelity phone" is that they have a "private mode" that hides incoming calls and messages:

Fujitsu's "privacy mode" is a layer of nearly invisible security that hides missed calls, emails and text messages from contacts designated as private. If one of those acquaintances gets in touch, the only signal of that communication is a subtle change in the color or shape of how the battery sign or antenna bars are displayed. If ignored, the call doesn't appear in the phone log.

The changes are so subtle that it would be impossible to spot for an untrained eye. When the privacy mode is turned off through a secret combination of keys, the concealed calls and messages appear, and voice mail becomes accessible.

The subtle call signal of the Fujitsu F-Series. Photo: via Oddity Central

A Japanese blogger named Bakanabe told The Wall Street Journal:

"Women may want to check my phone for strange emails or calls when I'm not around. With Fujitsu's 'privacy mode,' they can't see that information at all," he said in an email. "The key is to give off the impression that you're not locking your phone at all."

An ex-senior executive at Japan's mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo quipped that if Tiger Woods had this phone, he wouldn't have gotten in trouble.

Daisuke Wakabayashi of The Wall Street Journal has more: Link

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Indeed, in many technologies, the USA is lagging far behind. I'm surprised that flip phones are the norm though - it seems like large phablets is the way of the future.
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I was quite surprised to learn during my vacation in Japan that flip phones are the norm. Of course, the phones there do things US phones are still struggling in infancy phases to even pilot on a small scale. ::sigh:: Seriously though, when is tap to pay with my phone going to get here already?
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