Japanese carrier Softbank Corp. started selling Apple Inc.`s much-awaited cell phone at its downtown Tokyo store five hours before its other stores across Japan.
The countdown celebration, which included a digital clock display ticking away over the entrance, was part of a global rollout in 22 nations of the 3G, or third-generation, wireless connecting iPhone. The latest iPhone is an upgrade of the model that went on sale last year in the U.S. and several other nations.
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Image: Japanese actress Aya Ueto with Softbank President Masayoshi Son holding Apple Inc`s new iPhone