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Japan's Freetel smartphones bolster overseas offensive

Japan's Freetel smartphones, already available in seven foreign markets, are headed for Vietnam and Ecuador as well. (Photo courtesy of Freetel)

TOKYO -- Japan's Plus One Marketing soon will bring Freetel entry-level smartphones to their eighth and ninth foreign markets, targeting emerging nations to try to sell 10 million handsets overall in fiscal 2018.

The low-cost, SIM-free smartphones -- which can be used with a variety of carriers -- were recently introduced in the U.S., Canada, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Mexico, Chile and Peru. Vietnam and Ecuador will join that list shortly, with others likely to follow.

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