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In a country where smartphone use is lagging, a 1,000 iPhone handset corporate contract is exciting news.

Let’s see if this idea spills over other Japanese companies.

Japan’s Softbank Mobile has signed its first major corporate contract for the iPhone 3G.

The deal, with management and technology consultancy BearingPoint, will see 1,000 of the phones put into the hands of the company’s analysts and workers across the country, the two companies said on Monday.

BearingPoint said it is adopting the iPhone with the aim of improving the productivity of its consultants and helping them access information more easily.

via PC World – IPhone Gets First Major Corporate Customer in Japan.

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