KDDI to Offer HTC Smartphones in Japan

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Japanese mobile phone service provider KDDI plans to start selling smartphones made by Taiwan's High Tech Computer (HTC) across Japan, the companies said Thursday.

KDDI and subsidiary Okinawa Cellular will unveil the first HTC model, the E30HT, at Japan's largest electronics show, CEATEC, which runs from September 30 to October 4.

Commercial sales of the E30HT will begin in the spring of next year, KDDI said.

The Japanese company did not provide further details about the agreement with HTC nor how much it would sell the E30HT for.

The E30HT is believed to be similar to HTC's upcoming Touch Pro, which will be launched in the U.S. by Sprint on Oct. 19.

KDDI will only sell HTC smartphones made for 3G (third generation mobile telecommunications) networks.

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