Adding a confusing, seemingly endless array of new handsets in one fell swoop is a tactic we normally reserve for NTT DoCoMo
(and more recently, KDDI
), but far be it from Vodafone Japan-turned-Softbank Mobile to get left out of the fray, launching 12 phones -- plus a data card -- for October delivery. Notable in the bunch are the X01HT (essentially a Hermes
tweaked for the Japanese market, a la
) and the 705NK, a rebranded Nokia N73
. If we get even one third
the love spread out over an entire quarter on a US carrier, we're elated -- we obviously live in the wrong country.