08/19/2011, Hello Kitty seems to be a huge deal all over the world, more so in Japan where it originated from, so much so that Japan carrier, Softbank, decided to get Hello Kitty up to date with its very own Android device, making it the first Hello Kitty to be run on the Android platform.
08/18/2011, The Yahoo search engine is apparently Japan’s biggest website, and Japan’s third largest carrier, SoftBank, is Yahoo Japan’s largest shareholder, which is why it is not surprising to find out that SoftBank subscribers will be able to get their hands on a “Yahoo Phone” some time in the next month.
02/09/2011, Despite phones getting more and more powerful, there are still folks who need really simple phones, such as the elderly. Now a new phone from Japan’s Softbank and ZTE is probably as simple as it gets as it only has one button and is designed to call an emergency contact when the caller needs help. Once the call is made, the device will send out an automated email with GPS […]
12/27/2010, With 2011 just around the corner and Google’s Nexus S featuring an NFC chip, many folks are speculating that 2011 may see a spike in interest in NFC technology. Of course, the technology is already pretty popular in Japan with its FeliCa payment system. The bad news for Apple’s iPhone is that there isn’t a built-in NFC chip just yet. Now Japanese carrier Softbank has a workaround to that, offering […]
11/29/2010, While the iPad is already offered at a rather attractive price in the US, Softbank is looking to make the deal even more attractive over in Japan. The carrier is preparing to launch an “iPad for Everybody” deal that offers users a 16GB iPad for free, as long as you sign up for a 25-month contract at 4,725 Yen ($56) per month. Such a deal will definitely make the iPad […]
07/27/2010, We heard whispers about it before this, but now it has been confirmed that Yahoo Japan is planning to team up with Google to use Google’s search engine technology in Japan, giving Yahoo Japan and Google a massive, near-monopoly share of the Internet search market in Japan. It’s worth noting that despite its name, Yahoo Japan isn’t controlled by Yahoo Inc., rather Softbank Corp has about 40% stake in the […]
05/19/2010, Are you a huge fan of the Gundam series? If you’re living in Japan, then you will be stoked to know that Bandai and Softbank have come together, where their combined might resulted in the Gunpla cellphone which is a limited edition handset to mark the 30th anniversary of Gundam figurines. Each handset will be accompanied by a 1:100 scale Gundam model kit, a Gunpla phone cradle and relevant decals. […]
05/18/2010, Japan is well known for their highly advanced handsets, and here we are with SoftBank announcing their spring lineup right after KDDI did with 10 of theirs. SoftBank goes one up with 15 phones from various companies, where many of them feature Wi-Fi connectivity – something new (surprising?) considering most phones in Japan have 3G connectivity long before Wi-Fi became a staple feature. Not only that, SoftBank will include a […]
05/11/2010, When the iPad was originally announced, Apple mentioned that the device would not be SIM-locked, but now it seems that statement doesn’t apply to folks over in Japan, as the Japanese iPad will be SIM-locked to Softbank Mobile. The good news is that the device will be subsidized, softening the blow to your wallet. It’s worth noting that folks over in Japan are more accustomed to their devices being SIM-locked; […]
03/30/2010, Those of you who have travelled to Japan before will probably know of the SIM locks that they use over there. Basically the carriers (NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, Softbank) don’t allow users to use other handsets from rival networks. So you won’t be able to take a SIM card from telco A and pop it into a phone from telco B. This generally causes a lot of trouble for tourists who […]
11/10/2009, Softbank, the No.3 wireless carrier in Japan did reveal today that the company is looking to unveil its first Android-powered smartphone in spring sometime next year, following similar launches by NTT DoCoMo and Verizon Wireless. Softbank did not reveal the hardware manufacturer behind this Android-powered handset (although we think HTC would be a decent option), we do know it will come with an OLED display.
11/10/2009, Samsung’s first Windows Mobile powered handset to hit Japan would be the Softbank X01SC, where it will be running on Windows Mobile 6.5 (meh). Looking more like a BlackBerry than anything else, you can expect the usual including a full QWERTY keyboard, a Qualcomm MSM7225 processor, a 2.4” display at QVGA resolution, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, all crammed into a relatively compact and light body that tips the scales at […]
06/17/2009, Samsung’s Omnia line has increased by yet another handset in the form of the Omnia Pop courtesy of Softbank in Japan. This model will come with a GPS receiver to make sure you won’t get lost in a maze of roads no matter where you are, complete with the following :- 3” display at 800 × 480 resolution 5-megapixel camera microSDHC memory card slot W-CDMA and HSDPA network support 1Seg […]
05/27/2009, Japan has the coolest average phones hands-down compared to any other country around the world, and one of the latest releases would be the Softbank 930N from NEC. This slim clamshell handset offers not only Wi-Fi connectivity, it also comes with a generous 3.2″ VGA display at 854 x 480 resolution, an 8-megapixel camera, Bluetooth support, 1Seg tuner for portable TV viewing, WCDMA connectivity, FeliCa and a microSDHC memory card […]