Thursday, July 28, 2011
Softbank to offer unlockable phones from mid August - iPhone not inlcuded
Posted by SBS
The Nikkei is reporting (J; try here for the full article) that the first phone that Softbank Mobile will unlock is going to be the 008Z by ZTE. This is a "simple smartphone" that is designed to ease the transition for users of galapagos feature phones. Details are scarce other than the price for unlocking will be the same as Docomo (¥3,150), current phones won't be unlocked, and the iPhone will be excluded.
Nothing surprising there.
Docomo has still yet to announce a list of unlocked phones that it determines are incapable of tethering and therefore subject to the a reasonable data price. I am expecting that the first phone on that list will be the 008Z, but We'll just have to wait and see.