John Paczkowski

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SoftBank: You Can Have My iPhone Exclusivity Agreement When You Pry It From My Cold, Dead Hands

SoftBank gained more than a quarter of a million new subscribers in June–largely because of Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone. The company–the iPhone’s exclusive carrier in Japan–said today that it added a net 229,500 subscribers for the month, far more than the country’s biggest provider, NTT DoCoMo, which reported a gain of 164,000.

SoftBank didn’t say what percentage of those new subscribers purchased iPhones, but it was likely significant, given deluge of pre-orders and massive lines for the iPhone 4 when it first arrived at market. Said a SoftBank spokesperson, “The release of the new iPhone contributed to subscriber gains.”

It most certainly did. According to Tokyo-based MM Research Institute, 1.7 million iPhones were sold in Japan in the fiscal year to March 31. That’s 72 percent of all smartphones sold. SoftBank is going to milk its iPhone exclusive as long as it can.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”