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Sources with knowledge of the matter said SoftBank Corporation is to offer Sony Corporation smartphones for the first time, selling the upcoming Xperia handset both in Japan and through subsidiary Sprint Corporation in the United States. Four sources told Reuters that Sony’s Xperia Z3, its next flagship smartphone expected to be unveiled at next week’s IFA tech expo in Berlin, will be available in time for the winter holiday season in both countries. The deal would mark the first time SoftBank’s mobile unit has offered a Sony handset– and the first time a Sony smartphone will be available on a U.S. carrier other than No. 4 carrier T-Mobile US Incorporated.

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