Ever since the first rumor broke, with talks quickly confirmed and ‘definitive deal’ announced soon after, the bat-phone here has been ringing for comments. Now that everyone has had time to digest, plenty of noise – as usual, we’ll toss our 1.5yen worth of unique perspective. The Largest Foreign Acquisition Deal by a Japanese Company Ever! Yes, the Mighty Yen: It’s been noted here several times over the last few years, with other examples in 2012 – Dentsu also bought Aegis for example – of Japan Inc. making $Billion deals, look at the exchange rates. We’ve seen many comments about the fiscal sense of $20Bn; expect SB and partners have done their diligence, considering what they paid per subscriber, it surely made economic risk sense to the bean-counters for them to sign-off. Can SoftBank Repeat a Stunning #3 Turn Around Again There – How? Indeed, the central question that had tongues waggin from the get-go.. certainly it’s p
Suppose this will likely sound a bit ‘odd’ to many of you out there, in a fog of PDA designs and hyper-data consumption, but here’s a friendly heads-up from the future. As most markets have rushed towards this space, some tipping into the 50% adoption range, we are starting to see a gentle push-back here. While the typical Japanese so-called feature-phone is not your usual beast, pre-installed Flash since 2003 along with touch & swipe screens, Digital TV and NFC.. all old news, there were a couple of ‘Aha’ moments recently that led to this blurb. In the spring of this year DoCoMo introduced their new line-up without a single clamshell design.. wow, it was like the death of i-mode and nobody even bothered to mention. However, their latest round of 16 units included Four new flip models.. we asked vendors on the street, who basically said: “so many customers don’t want a Smartphone”. When pressed for ‘why’ that might be, a
It’s been far.too.long for us to post here like this, suggest grabba cuppa sumthing to review below, trusting our update will be worth your while. These last 18-months, or so, since 3.11 quake has been a difficult experience – that said – it appears a so-called ‘new normal’ has settled and we have plenty of catching-up to do. For the time being, just wanted to cover a few key points and make clear it’s time to ease back into the regular cycle of posting here. By now, for those who may not have already noticed, it must be obvious we have a new site layout that should render nicely across all device screens. Still expecting to work through a few bugs, but happy to finally move into these new digital digs; the 4th of our refits this year, starting at the Mobikyo site along with overhauls on our MoMo Tokyo and Mobile Intelligence properties. There is plenty of debate Responsive vs. Native topic, tossing in hybrid middle ground, we went with this solutio
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