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Why are feature phones called garakei in Japan?
You see the Japanese name for a mobile phone is keitai denwa.  You might also hear many Japanese people simply dropping denwa and calling their phone as keitai.  When smartphones were introduced, the word keitai denwa went out of fashion because then everyone wanted a sumaho (in Japanese the pho sound is often written as ho, so smart phones are sumato hon, yet again, summarized as sumaho).  That left the old fashioned phones (that are now called feature phones all over the world) as something only the Japanese people will use.  So they started to use the word Galapagos to signify that these features were so unique and peculiar (like the flora and fauna on the island) to them that they combined the words to create gara-kei (Japanese language uses the word ra for la).

Why are feature phones called garakei in Japan?

You see the Japanese name for a mobile phone is keitai denwa.  You might also hear many Japanese people simply dropping denwa and calling their phone as keitai.  When smartphones were introduced, the word keitai denwa went out of fashion because then everyone wanted a sumaho (in Japanese the pho sound is often written as ho, so smart phones are sumato hon, yet again, summarized as sumaho).  That left the old fashioned phones (that are now called feature phones all over the world) as something only the Japanese people will use.  So they started to use the word Galapagos to signify that these features were so unique and peculiar (like the flora and fauna on the island) to them that they combined the words to create gara-kei (Japanese language uses the word ra for la).

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How to make myself untraceable?

You see if you are stupid enough to have a cell phone with you, there is no way to hide.  Even if you turn it off, or go one step further, and get the battery out, you can be found, definitely by smart cops and the NSA.  So the right way to hide is to simply not have a phone.  If you have read enough crime and spy novels, you will know that smart people use cheap dumb phones that they can buy with cash (some phones can be bought for about $10 at Walmart), add minutes by paying in cash, and then destroy them after making or receiving just one call.  If you are a cheapo or your phone is too expensive, if possible, hide it inside a refrigerator, and you are more likely to not be traced.

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