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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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