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    Sven Groot wrote:

    The basic design rule for Japanese phones seems to be this: make the maximum volume for ringtones so low that they're completely useless.

    "Manner mode", the official term for "silent mode", is the only accepted way to use a phone here.


    My phone is on vibrate 95% of the day and when the ringer is on, it's a regular sounding phone ring (couldn't stand the default one since half of our hallway has the same phone [Palm Treo 700w SmartPhone]).