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Kyocera Buys Sanyo Mobile

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Jan 21, 2008, 9:12 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jan 21, 2008, 9:15 AM

Sanyo has agreed to sell its troubled mobile phone division to Kyocera for $375 million. The deal includes Sanyo's handset manufacturing operations and sales channels in Japan and abroad. Kyocera will keep the Sanyo brand on handsets designed and manufactured by the Sanyo division. It hopes this acquisition will help it expand its penetration in foreign markets such as the U.S., where it has struggled. This will make mobile phones Kyocera's largest business internally. It will offer the 2,000 full-time Sanyo mobile employees jobs at Kyocera. The deal is expected to close on April 1.

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ajstrong

Jan 21, 2008, 10:40 AM

gee, wonder why they've "struggled" in foreign markets?

b/c their quality control is crap, and the sanyo employees in their ranks now probably won't be able to increase the brand "quality." I have a sanyo now, but won't when I upgrade next.
it sounds like you're trying to say: "Kyocera's QC is crap (but i'm not 100% on that ...) and as long as your next sanyo upgrade comes before Kyocera gets their mitts on the phones you'll be ok."

or do I have it backwards?
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The only phones I ever used when I was with Sprint were Sanyo. They were excellent phones. The last two I owned were the 7500 and M1.
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fahrende

Jan 21, 2008, 1:59 PM

hmm...

Kyocera USA after it's initial success has managed to screw up every single phone that they've introduced here. They even managed to screw up the phones they brought over from Japan. I wonder what this will do for them.
 
 
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