iPhone watch: Japan and Spain confirmed

Maintaining the fever pitch in the run up to next week’s Apple extravaganza, the Californian king of cool gadgets has announced yet more iPhone partners. On Wednesday, Japanese WCMDA operator Softbank announced it too would be carrying the iPhone later this year. The news provided probably the most conclusive evidence yet that the next generation […]

Softbank struggles with number portability

Japan’s smallest cellco, Softbank Mobile, has been forced to suspend Mobile Number Portability applications twice over the weekend as the operator struggles to cope with demand. To some degree, Softbank, which last week launched a price assault on the market just as portability was introduced, has become a victim of its own success. But some […]

Softbank starts price war in Japan

Japan’s smallest cellular operator, Softbank Mobile, struck the first blow on Tuesday, in what is expected to turn into a full scale price war with the introduction of Mobile Number Portability. Softbank, which became Japan’s third placed mobile operator through the acquisition of Vodafone Japan in April, appears determined to make up for the shortcomings […]

Moto tapped for Japan WiMAX trial

Motorola today said it has been contracted by Japanese wireless operator Softbank for the deployment of a trial WiMAX 802.16e network in Tokyo. Motorola is supplying an end to end network including five access points and 25 prototype WiMAX-enabled mobile handheld devices. Expected to begin in September, the five-month trial will focus on analysing the […]

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