Japanese mobile phone carrier Softbank Mobile Corp., which slashed its prices last week to undercut rivals, said it had to stop taking new applications Sunday because it was flooded by new customers wanting to switch to its service. Softbank stopped accepting new customers shortly after noon Sunday when its computer system couldn’t handle the load, the company said in a news release. It apologized to customers and promised to resume taking switch-over business when it readies the system for increased volume.
It was the second time in two days that Softbank had to suspend taking switch-over customers. On Saturday, it suspended applications for fear the huge number would paralyze its computer system, Kyodo News agency reported. The system was temporarily resumed Sunday before being shut down again, Kyodo said. The company did say how many customers had tried to enroll. Continue >>