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Softbank, Telefonica to offer iPhone

Japan’s Softbank and Spain’s Telefonica have become the latest high-profile mobile operators to announce plans for launch of Apple’s iPhone device this year.

Apple to launch cheaper 3G iPhone in 22 countries

As expected, Apple CEO Steve Jobs yesterday unveiled the long-awaited 3G iPhone, putting an end to months of speculation about the new device’s pricing, format and features.

Sharp enters China to offset falling Japanese sales

Sharp, Japan’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, is to launch in China in a bid to counter declining domestic sales, reports Bloomberg.

Softbank reveals 3G iPhone pricing

Japanese operator Softbank says it will sell the new 3G iPhone at US$215 for the 8GB version when it launches the device on July 11, reports Associated Press. The 16GB version will cost US$320. Both will be available on a two year contract.


EU operators and banks team on mobile payments

Reuters reports today that mobile operators and banks in the European Union are teaming up to enable customers to pay grocery, restaurant and other bills using their mobile phone.

Softbank plans to close 2G service in 2010

Japan’s Softbank today said it will close down its 2G network by the end of March 2010 in an effort to focus on 3G services, reports Dow Jones Newswires.

Ericsson upgrades HSPA

Ericsson has signed a frame agreement with Japanese operator Softbank Mobile to expand and upgrade its HSPA network. Financial details were not disclosed.


DoCoMo profit rises 41% on lower device subsidies

Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo reported a 41 percent rise in profit for its fiscal first-quarter 2008 due to a scheme designed to reduce handset subsidy costs, though analysts saw the results as evidence of DoCoMo mimicking its competitors and a change in the company’s accounting process.

Softbank misses targets as discount war hits profits

The ongoing mobile price war in Japan has seen the fast-growing third-placed player Softbank report weaker than expected quarterly profits for fiscal first period ended June 30, reports Bloomberg.

DoCoMo to stop signing-up 2G customers

Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo says it will stop accepting new customers on its PDC-based 2G service – known as ‘mova’ – from November 30 this year, reports Digital Media Asia.