Softbank unveils new smartphone developed with Sprint

Aug 19, 2014

Softbank unveils new smartphone developed with Sprint

SoftBank Corp. unveiled on Monday a new smartphone developed with U.S. subsidiary Sprint Corp. to cut procurement costs and strengthen its product lineup. Manufactured by Sharp Corp., the first handset developed with the third-largest U.S. mobile phone carrier goes on sale in Japan on ...

SoftBank sells first bonds since dropping T-Mobile bid

Aug 18, 2014

SoftBank sells first bonds since dropping T-Mobile bid

SoftBank Corp., the Japanese wireless carrier led by billionaire Masayoshi Son, plans to sell bonds for the first time after it abandoned talks to merge Sprint Corp. with T-Mobile US Inc. Son’s company is offering ¥400 billion in five-year notes to individual investors, and ...

Sprint names new CEO after dropping bid for rival T-Mobile

Aug 7, 2014

Sprint names new CEO after dropping bid for rival T-Mobile

Sprint’s new owner is replacing its longtime CEO with a Hispanic billionaire and entrepreneuer after dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile US. Marcelo Claure, the CEO of Miami-based cellphone distributor Brightstar, will replace Dan Hesse on Monday, Sprint Corp. said Wednesday. Claure, ...

Jul 18, 2014

Softbank picks Google's Arora to head Internet business unit

SoftBank Corp., the wireless carrier led by billionaire Masayoshi Son, has hired Google Inc.’s Nikesh Arora to help steer its global expansion. Arora will join as vice chairman in October after nearly a decade at Google, including time as the search company’s chief business ...

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

Jul 17, 2014

Ymobile touts simplicity, low fees in smartphone war

by Kazuaki Nagata

New mobile phone entrant Ymobile Corp. unveiled monthly fixed-price service plans Thursday that include voice calling and Internet access to woo newcomers to smartphones with simpler and cheaper contracts. The SoftBank subsidiary, launched in June in a merger with eAccess, which runs Emobile, and ...

Robots can solve labor woes: Son

Jul 15, 2014

Robots can solve labor woes: Son

by Kazuaki Nagata

Employing all-purpose robots endowed with artificial intelligence as a workforce in the manufacturing industry is the solution to staving off any impending labor shortage in Japan, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said Tuesday. “Technology can even solve the labor population problem,” Son said during an ...