KDDI says to offer Sharp mobile TV phones in spring

KDDI says to offer Sharp mobile TV phones in spring 1KDDI Corp. said it plans to offer mobile phones made by Sharp Corp. that enable customers to watch digital television broadcasts, rivalling a product already offered by Softbank Corp.

KDDI, Japan’s second-largest mobile phone operator, aims to offer the new model next spring, a spokesman said.

The handset will adopt Sharp’s AQUOS brand technology that is used for the consumer electronic maker’s flat-panel televisions.

Japanese operators have been moving to tap strong demand for TV-capable handsets since the launch of wireless digital broadcasts in April. Such services are also offered in South Korea.

Softbank, which earlier this year bought Vodafone Group Plc’s Japan-unit, has been selling AQUOS phones since May.


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