Softbank might just purchase a stake in Sprint

The mobile carrier landscape in the US is definitely changing, what with the most recent merger concerning both T-Mobile and MetroPCS, where the latter’s smartphones will soon be able to take advantage of T-Mobile’s network coverage. Well, Japanese carrier Softbank could play a role in reshaping the US wireless landscape too, with talk that the Japanese giant could very well drop a cool $19 billion thereabouts (according to The Nikkei […]


Japan’s Softbank reportedly looking to purchase majority stake in Sprint for $12.8 billion

Earlier today we reported on the rumors that Sprint might be holding off on countering T-Mobile’s offer for MetroPCS, and now it seems that according to a report from Reuters, Sprint may very well be bought out themselves, or at least the majority stake. According to one of Reuters’ source, Japan’s third-largest mobile carrier, Softbank, is looking to acquire the majority stake in Sprint in a deal that is purportedly […]


Earthquake-Proof Balloon Based Cellphone Towers to be Deployed by Softbank in Japan

After the tsunami and tragic earthquake tore apart Japan, many victims that were stranded wanted to communicate with their loved ones but due to the destruction that was caused by the natural disaster, cellphone towers and cables had been crushed and rendered useless. When people tried to place calls, they apparently were greeting with the message, “This is NTT DoCoMo. Due to the earthquake, the area you are dialing is […]


Sharp AQUOS 104SH to run on Ice Cream Sandwich

Japan seems to be getting everything first – they got the first handset to run Windows Phone 7.5 and now it looks like the could be getting the first handset that will be running on Google’s latest iteration of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. While there could be other devices that make it out into the market first with ICS, the Sharp AQUOS 104SH is currently the first officially announced […]


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Panasonic Lumix 101P arrives in Japan

So you think that 8-megapixel shooter in your latest Android smartphone is the bomb? Well, sorry to say, but all of that is old hat if you so happen to live in the land of the rising sun. The Panasonic Lumix 101P from Softbank Mobile is certainly a chameleon – the image you see above clearly makes it look like a phone, but when you check out the back side […]


Softbank no longer sole iPhone carrier in Japan?

There is word going around that all is not well for Softbank in the Land of the Rising Sun. Wait a minute – is the CEO experiencing some sort of scandalous reports, or is the company bleeding money to stay afloat in these economically challenging times? Not quite, but whispers have it that Softbank might lose its exclusive domestic distribution rights for the iPhone in one of Asia’s biggest mobile […]


Huawei Vision 007HW arrives in Japan

Japan gets another Android-powered smartphone in the form of the Huawei Vision 007HW – where Softbank Mobile will be the mobile carrier of this particular handset. What do you get with the Vision 007HW? For starters, how about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, running on a 1GHz processor whole sporting Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity? Not only that, you will remain well connected with 3G support, not to […]


Softbank launches Hello Kitty Android smartphone in Japan

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.


Android based “Yahoo Phone” coming to SoftBank in Japan

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.


Softbank and ZTE introduce simple one-button emergency phone

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 […]


Softbank offers NFC sticker for iPhone 4 in Japan

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 […]


Softbank To Offer Free iPad With ‘iPad For Everybody’ Campaign In Japan

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 […]


Bandai and Softbank team up to release Gunpla phone in limited quantities

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. […]


SoftBank of Japan rolls out spring lineup of phones

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 […]