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SoftBank cell functions down for several hours in Japan

SoftBank cell functions down for several hours in Japan
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TOKYO -- Some users of SoftBank cellphones had problems calling and text messaging for several hours in Japan on Thursday ahead of the company s IPO which is set to be among the world s biggest at about $21 billion.

The mobile service s problems started in the early afternoon and were gradually being fixed, according to SoftBank Corp. spokesman Naomasa Suzuki.

He said they were caused by a mechanical problem in Softbank s 4G telecommunications systems. In some cases, the 3G network services automatically kicked in.

SoftBank is a top cell-service provider in Japan, with some 40 million users.

The disruptions quickly became one of the trending topics on social media, and it was a major news items on public broadcaster NHK TV.

Some Japanese on Twitter said they were worried by no-signal notifications on their mobile phones and found the glitch inconvenient.
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