Apple, Softbank Plan iPod Phones?

So says Japanese news agency Nikkei, picked up by Reuters (the original story is here on Nikkei website, but behind subscription wall): Japanese telecom conglom Softbank and Apple working together to build iPod phone, says the story, and the phone will be able to download songs from iTunes music store.
The device is expected to carry both the Softbank and Apple brands..The companies will also launch a new product as early as next year which will enable users to download music on the go over wireless networks, the story said.
Softbank, which last month bought Vodafone’s Japanese mobile phone business, appears to be looking to use the power of Apple’s brand to compete against mobile market leaders NTT DoCoMo and KDDI.
Ah, the frenzied wait…

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