Japanese Mobile Handset Manufacturer - FREETEL - Makes U.S. Debut At CES 2016

Three new unlocked devices offering high-end functionality, Japanese craftsmanship and affordable price points to launch in Q1; FREETEL's uniquely designed Musashi flip phone will be added to the lineup in Q2

Jan 06, 2016, 07:04 ET from FREETEL

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- FREETEL, a Japanese mobile handset manufacturer established in 2013, today announced its expansion into North America – giving U.S. consumers access to mobile devices made with Japanese craftsmanship at affordable price points.

After establishing itself as a trusted name in Japan following the success of its first smartphone, FREETEL will soon offer its acclaimed functionality and affordability to the U.S. market.

"The unlocked phone market is growing in the U.S., giving consumers more choices when it comes to their device and their service provider," said Ian Chapman-Banks, Global President for FREETEL. "We're excited to give mobile users access to high quality, feature rich smartphones that work on a variety of carriers and that come at affordable price points."

FREETEL's U.S. Portfolio

In Q1 2016, FREETEL will launch three phones in the U.S. – all LTE products – that focus on high-end design, in-demand functionality and affordability.

  1. The Kiwami. With an MSRP of $389, Kiwami is FREETEL's flagship device for the U.S. The handset will offer a six-inch WQHD display, a 21 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera, high-performing 3,400 mAh battery, fast charging technology, Corning® Gorilla® Glass, as well intuitive gesture technology, wireless data transfer capabilities and fingerprint authentication.
  2. The Miyabi. Priced at $199, Miyabi has a five-inch HD IPS display, optimized processors and memory, along with high-end imaging features such as a 13 MP rear camera, panorama mode, image stabilizer and more. The phone will come in Black and White color options with a metallic frame.
  3. The Priori3. With the Priori3, consumers will enjoy fast performance, stunning graphics and all the benefits of the Android OS for just $99.

Additional products that will launch later in 2016 include:

  • The Musashi. This sleek Android-based flip phone offers dual screens and combines the functionality of a smartphone with the simplicity of the flip design. It has a vibrant WVGA display, touch screen and front and rear cameras.


The Kiwami, Miyabi and Priori3 will be available in Q1 2016 at FreetelWireless.com and Amazon.com. The Musashi will be available in Q2. The phones will be unlocked and will work with many U.S. GSM carriers, making it easy for customers to set up their phones. Future distribution plans include retailers, MVNOs and carriers. 


Created by Japanese engineers with 40+ years of experience, FREETEL handsets are designed to give consumers world-class products at affordable price points. The brand is focused on quality, innovation, design and affordability. We ensure that the highest quality products are created by carefully managing the design, manufacturing, and even the packaging, every step of the way. This attention to detail is how we make sure that you will benefit and receive feature rich phones. Visit FreetelWireless.com for more information.

All features and specifications are subject to change.

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