Japan Market
Japan Market

SoftBank Announces iPhone4

SoftBank Mobile announced [JPN] they will put the iPhone 4 on the domestic market June 24. The reservation is accepted starting June 15. The reservation beginning is expected to then make public about the charge of the terminal and the communication plan stating it is currently undecided.

Boingo Adds 1,600 Hotspots in Japan

Boingo Wireless is adding more than 1,600 additional locations in Japan through a roaming partnership with NTT Communications. This brings Boingo’s total footprint to well over 6,500 hotspots in Japan. Boingo customers can get online at NTT Communications Wi-Fi locations immediately; select Boingo Platform Service Partners that wholesale Boingo’s global WiFi access products, and their customers, will gain access in the future.

Naver Parent buys Livedoor Portal

NHN Corp.’s Japanese unit said Monday that it has bought portal service provider Livedoor Co. from Japan’s LDH Corp. for Y6.3 billion ($67.6 million), which will help the Korean company strengthen its presence in the Japanese portal segment. NHN, the owner of Naver, South Korea’s biggest Internet search engine by revenue, said in a regulatory filing that it will pay for the purchase some time before May 15.