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Tough mobile news - Japanese women love waterproof mobile phones

Chances are that you've landed on this page because you're after one of the great waterproof mobile phone deals we have on this site such as those we have for the Durrocomm Oberon Dual Sim – and if this indeed the case, you're likely to be in the minority, in this country anyway.

But this wouldn't be so in Japan, where, according to our inside sources in the country, women are so mad about phoning, texting and handheld internet surfing that they have taken to regularly using their waterproof mobile phones in the shower.

"In Japan, you can't sell a phone if it's not waterproof. About 90 to 95 per cent of all phones sold now are already waterproof," said a Panasonic spokesperson at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

Japanese habits often seem quirky to Western eyes, so it is uncertain whether phoning in the shower will ever catch on in the same way here, but one thing's for certain – more than 30% of phone repair claims are related to water damage, so a waterproof mobile phone is a very sound investment.