KDDI, Japan’s second largest cellphone carrier, announced [J] their new agreement with New York based location based service Foursquare, to collaborate on promotion and customer support of their business in Japan.
There are no announcement from Foursquare yet. On KDDI’s release, Foursquare’s Interim CEO Dennis Crowley told, “As seen on Tokyo is the second most checked-in city around the world, Foursquare is getting popular in Japan. In such market, we are hoping to gain more recognition on our service by co-working with KDDI to provide easier access opportunities to customers, starting with providing shortcut to the application. By these, Japanese customers will get new experiences and share this service with their friends”.
As in Crowley’s comment, KDDI will ship their new Android handsets IS04 and coming IS05 with shortcut to Foursquare app.
KDDI announced an alliance with Skype in October 2010. (Skype Japan release[J], KDDI release [J])
KDDI Agrees To Assist Foursquare’s Promotion And Support In Japan
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