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SoftBank's Masayoshi Son won iPhone exclusivity after pitching Apple cellphone to Steve Jobs

03/12/2014, 10:03 pm

In an interview earlier this week, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said he scored exclusive Japanese rights to sell the first iPhone after pitching a crude drawing of an imagined iPod-cellphone hybrid to Steve Jobs. At the time, Son did not own a mobile carrier and the already-in-development iPhone was still two years out.


SoftBank shows massive income growth behind demand for Apple's iPhone

10/31/2013, 11:10 am

Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank on Thursday reported a robust 29 percent year-over-year jump in net income for its mobile division, which the carrier attributes primarily to sales of Apple's iPhone.


Sprint now officially under SoftBank control after $21.6B deal

07/10/2013, 10:07 pm

Sprint on Wednesday announced that it has successfully completed a deal with Japanese telecommunications and Internet services giant SoftBank, which now owns a controlling 78 percent stake of the U.S. wireless carrier.


FCC clears way for SoftBank to buy Sprint, Sprint to buy Clearwire

07/05/2013, 05:07 pm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced the removal of the last barrier to a three-company merger that will see Japan's SoftBank take control of Sprint Wireless, which itself is set to take over Clearwire.


Sprint shareholders OK $21.6 billion SoftBank deal

06/25/2013, 02:06 pm

SoftBank received a big boost in its effort to buy Sprint on Tuesday, as the company's shareholders approved a $21.6 billion offer from the Japanese carrier.


Dish Network launches $25.5B bid to merge with Sprint

04/15/2013, 09:04 am

The nation's no. 2 U.S. satellite television provider made waves in the worldwide wireless industry today, as Dish Network launched a $25.5 billion bid that could see it snagging Sprint from Japanese communications firm Softbank.


Apple's restrictive pre-installed software policy halts NTT DoCoMo iPhone deal

11/15/2011, 07:11 pm

Apple's policy that prevents partners from pre-installing software on the iPhone has stalled a possible partnership with Japan's largest wireless operator NTT DoCoMo.


Steve Jobs worked on Apple's 'next product' the day before he died

10/19/2011, 10:10 am

Providing more evidence that Steve Jobs stayed involved at Apple until the very end, the CEO of Japanese carrier Softbank revealed that Jobs was making phone calls about Apple's unnamed "next product" the day before he passed away.


KDDI to break up Softbank iPhone exclusivity in Japan in 2012

09/22/2011, 01:09 am

Japanese carrier KDDI will break up rival Softbank's exclusive hold on Apple's iPhone in the country early next year, when it will reportedly begin selling the iPhone 5.


Softbank to offer fully subsidized iPad in Japan with 25-month contract

11/30/2010, 02:11 am

Japanese carrier Softbank will begin offering the 16GB iPad 3G for free when customers sign up for a 25 month, $56 a month contract, a new report claims.


iPad 3G is SIM-locked to Softbank Mobile network in Japan

05/10/2010, 09:05 am

Despite Apple's claims that the iPad would ship unlocked, allowing owners of the 3G model to access any compatible wireless data network they might choose, the device is locked to carrier Softbank Mobile in Japan.


Apple iPhone takes 72% of Japanese smartphone market

04/23/2010, 09:04 am

Apple's smartphone presence in Japan has more than doubled in the last year, with the iPhone taking an estimated 72 percent of total sales in the country.


Apple's iPhone commands 46% of Japanese smartphone market

12/18/2009, 08:12 am

Nearly half of all domestic smartphone users have turned to the iPhone in Japan, giving Apple a dominant position in the market, according to a new study.


SoftBank now giving away iPhones in Japan

02/25/2009, 11:02 am

In a bid to possibly clear inventory, combat slumping sales, or both, SoftBank Mobile's new "iPhone for Everybody Campaign" is offering customers in Japan a free iPhone 3G with a two-year contract through May.


Japanese iPhone owners to be offered TV tuner add-on

10/30/2008, 11:10 am

Addressing a widely-publicized feature omission for Japanese iPhone users, local carrier Softbank on Thursday announced plans to begin selling a TV Tuner add-on later this year that will also serve as an extended battery pack.


Japanese iPhone 3G sales better than reported

09/27/2008, 11:09 am

Despite a widely publicized report that suggested iPhone sales in Japan were less than half of initial expectations, independent data shows that sales are right in line with expectations in a market that is often difficult for Western companies to enter.


Apple finding it difficult to crack Japanese cell phone market

09/16/2008, 10:09 am

Apple's iPhone, a runaway success in the US and parts of Europe, is struggling to see similar success in Japan, where consumers who've long been privy to some of the world's most advance cell phones are passing over the touchscreen handset for cheaper and more familiar offerings.


iPhone 3G rocks Japanese smartphone market

08/11/2008, 09:08 am

Mobile providers in Japan are crediting the launch of Apple's iPhone 3G with dramatically shifting large numbers of subscribers between providers. The impact of the new phone is also answering critics who insisted the iPhone would find only limited interest in Japan.


Softbank says iPhone 3G to start at $215 in Japan, plans at $68

06/23/2008, 12:06 pm

Softbank Corp., Apple's exclusive iPhone carrier in Japan, announced Monday that the local version of iPhone 3G will start at 23,040 yen ($215) for the 8GB model, around the same price as the version that will be sold in the US.