Published on June 9th,2008 at 7:48 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

iPhone 3G Officially Available in Over 70 Countries, Including Japan

It’s official, from July 11th the new iPhone will be available Japan (from Softbank) and over 70 other countries!!! Announced yesterday at WWDC, as we expected, it will be 3G compatible. No big changes in design, only now the reverse is black plastic. Our iPhone also features a 3.5’’ screen in 480 x 320 pixels, 8GB or 16GB available, Wifi, GPS, 2Mpix Camera. Expect 300 hours of standby battery life, 8-10 hours of 2G talk, 5 hours of 3G talk, 7 hours of video and 24 hours of audio. The 8GB version will cost $199 (125€), and $299 (190€) for the 16GB version.

Daimaou should get it, so stay tuned for an iPhone 3G review!

Via Engadget

TOKYO and SAN FRANCISCO, June 9 — Softbank
(SBM) and Apple(R) today announced that the highly anticipated iPhone(TM)
3G will be available in Japan on July 11. iPhone 3G combines all the
revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast*
as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based
mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for
Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party
applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK.

“I am delighted at this opportunity to partner with Apple,” said
Masayoshi Son, SBM chairman and CEO. “SBM’s and Apple’s shared vision of
promoting the innovative integration of the Internet and mobile phone
through the distribution of iPhone is exciting. iPhone has been
enthusiastically received around the world, and we think it will be popular
in Japan as well.”

“Japan is one of the world’s most advanced mobile markets and we are
thrilled to partner with SoftBank to launch iPhone 3G there next month,”
said Tim Cook, Apple’s COO. “iPhone 3G is an amazing product and we think
customers in Japan will love it as much as we do.”

*Based on 3G and EDGE testing. Actual speeds vary by site conditions.

The Softbank Group has upheld its corporate policy, “Endeavoring to
benefit society and the economy and maximize enterprise value by fostering
the sharing of wisdom and knowledge gained through the IT revolution” since
the foundation in 1981. Subsequently it was successful in the publishing
business and the distribution of packaged software for PCs. In 2001, the
Group entered into the broadband business, “Yahoo! BB”, very early and
brought dramatic innovation to the Internet environment in Japan,
encouraged by overwhelming support from customers. The Group entered into
the fixed-line telecommunications business in 2004 and into the mobile
communications business as SBM in 2006. Through innovative pricing and
attractive product strategies it achieved the No. 1 position in net
additions for FY 2007 in the Japanese market (number of subscribers
18,952,800 as of end of May 2008 ).

As a corporate group based on Internet-related businesses, the Group
will not limit itself to its existing role of telecommunications carrier.
Rather, by providing both information infrastructure and content as a
comprehensive digital information company, the Group aims to make people’s
lifestyles and business styles more affluent and enjoyable, and to be the
global No. 1 corporate group in the broadband era.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the
Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the
Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with
its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and
professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media
revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online
store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary

NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information visit Apple’s PR website
(, or call Apple’s Media Helpline at (408 )

(C) 2008 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac,
Mac OS, Macintosh and iPhone are trademarks of Apple. Other company and
product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

30% Yep, but Later
11% No
25% I’m already waiting in front of the shop
11% I’m waiting for a Review
15% I prefer get a HTC
8% I don’t wanna have a Brain Cancer!!

(61 votes)

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  • Thetrue

    I don’t want it even if it was for FREE!

    Why? You can have this: Brain Cancer!


  • ringodanieru

    Ohhh man I hope it doesn’t sell out because I don’t want to have to wake up at 4am and line up for 6 hours!!

  • gb

    so do you know if a person has to activate the iphone at a softbank location or an apple store? in-store activation of the iphone is the latest word coming out of the tech blogs from the US.

  • urchr

    Guys, how many will it cost in Japan? And will I need a two-year contract with SoftBank? I’m a foreigner, and I don’t have a cellphone in Japan, but I’m going to buy an iphone.

  • Kei

    We just called Softbank to get further information about the new iPhone, but they didn’t want to answer to our question about the price, the contract…So we just have to wait & see

  • urchr

    Thanks for the response, I’ll check the comments of this post/other posts related to iphone for the new information.

  • atpw

    Now just to wait for the DevTeam to jailbreak it so I can pop in my Docomo SIM

  • fz22gq

    I’m counting down the days until it’s available!

  • Purekin

    i would like to know where i can buy i phone handset only(not include line).

  • Purekin

    In japan where i can buy i phone handset only?let me know shop?

  • atpw

    without the line? Yeah. It’s called the iPod Touch.

    Probably impossible to buy the unit alone. If it’s anything like the US, they’re going to activate the phone in-store so you have to buy the phone with 2-year contract.

    The old iPhone in the US had a special system set up so that you couldn’t use an old SIM in the iPhone even if it was from the same network.

  • Kamers

    What about Amsterdam?….



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