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Unable to Disable Sound on Japanese Camera Phone

Playing with the Toshiba A5529T camera phone, I found that is it impossible to turn off the sound in camera and camcorder mode. In each mode, you can select between four distinct sounds, but there is no way to turn them off. In Japan for only a week, everything is fresh and new to me, including this pre-paid Qualcomm 3G CDMA phone that my mom bought from au by KDDI. I was quite surprised to find the "manner" mode, rather than sound volume, using the up and down arrow keys. I found the volume setting in the setting menu, but you can only reduce its volume and not turn it off. Worst of all, even after I reduced the volume to the lowest setting, the camera/camcorder mode volume is still set to the same loudness.

I have never seen a cellphone cripped this way in the United States. Is it only the Toshiba A5529T camera phone that is crippled in this manner? Or is all Japanese cellphones designed this way?

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 19 Sep 2008 15:22:54 +0000

the reason you can't turn off sound on Japanese phones is to prevent perverts from snapping pics of girls.

They had issues with this a few years back. it was on CNN and stuff too.

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 16:10:50 +0000

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