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 ...

Jun 27, 2014

Japan to oblige mobile carriers to remove SIM locks from handsets

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to basically oblige mobile phone carriers to “unlock” their handsets so they can handle other companies’ services, informed sources said Friday. The ministry is set to present the plan to a panel Monday and map out details ...

Son's bid for T-Mobile faces huge antitrust hurdle

Jun 6, 2014

Son's bid for T-Mobile faces huge antitrust hurdle

Masayoshi Son, head of SoftBank Corp. and Sprint Corp., won’t be able to ride the regulatory coattails of pending U.S. telecommunications deals if he decides to buy T-Mobile US Inc. Regulators are preparing to vet proposed acquisitions worth more than $45 billion each from ...

Apr 29, 2014

Deregulating the telecom industry

An expert panel of the communications ministry is reviewing anti-monopoly protections against the NTT group and is expected to recommend this fall whether regulations on the telecom giant should be eased.

Sharp seeks exit from Foxconn cellphone venture

Nov 22, 2013

Sharp seeks exit from Foxconn cellphone venture

Sharp Corp. is considering ending a contract with Foxconn Technology Group under which the Taiwanese manufacturer makes Sharp-branded phones for sale in China, according to a source. Sharp has logged disappointing sales since the contract started last year and is focusing on the domestic ...

DoCoMo didn't get lift from iPhone

Oct 7, 2013

DoCoMo didn't get lift from iPhone

NTT DoCoMo Inc., the nation’s largest mobile phone carrier, said Monday it lost subscribers last month even after adding Apple Inc.’s iPhones to its lineup to regain market share lost to rivals Softbank Corp. and KDDI Corp. DoCoMo lost 66,800 net users in September, ...