HTC is already in Japan, having launched handsets on DoCoMo and Softbank and doing particularly well on smaller carriers like Emonster. Now HTC has announced that Japan’s second largest carrier, KDDI, will soon also be carrying HTC’s latest devices too.
The E30HT, KDDI’s version of the HTC Touch Pro, will be the first device carried, and is on display at CEATEC, Japan’s largest electronics products exhibition, from the September 28th to October 4th. Commercial sales of the E30HT, which is based on the HTC Touch Pro, are slated for spring 2009.
“Our goal is to provide customers the most advanced services all the time, to meet with wide variety of requirements, which demands quick and flexible mobile devices developments. KDDI is pleased to select HTC, who has established worldwide product delivery with proven speedy and innovative development capability. We believe that HTC Window Mobile devices will enrich the “au” product portfolio and will surely enable more detailed solutions for each enterprise customer, too.” said Takashi Tanaka, Associate Senior Vice President and Member of the Board, KDDI.
“Customers in Japan have become accustomed to having the most advanced mobile phones in the world. This focus and attention to mobile innovation inspire HTC to introduce more advanced, stylish mobile phones in Japan,” said David Kou, country manager, HTC Nippon.
Its encouraging to see Windows Mobile devices get traction in Japan, especially given Apple’s relative failure there with the iPhone 3G.