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Charlie Rose Talks to SoftBank's Masayoshi Son

The SoftBank founder, who wants to merge Sprint with T-Mobile, discusses sweet-talking Steve Jobs and the state of wireless in the U.S.
“I’d like to have a real fight, not a pseudo fight. And if I can’t have a real fight, I’ll go in for a massive price war”
“I’d like to have a real fight, not a pseudo fight. And if I can’t have a real fight, I’ll go in for a massive price war”Photograph by Akio Kon/Bloomberg

You persuaded Steve Jobs to let you be the first carrier to offer the iPhone in Japan. Did you call him up? Go see him?
That was two years before he introduced the iPhone. I called him up and went to see him. And I brought my little drawing of an iPod with mobile capability. Steve says, “Masa, don’t give me your s-‍-‍-ty drawing. I have my own.” He said, “You’re crazy. We haven’t talked to anybody, but you came to see me first. I’ll give it to you.” So I said, “Write it down and sign it for me.” He said, “No, Masa, I’m not going to sign for you, because you don’t even own a mobile carrier yet.” I spent $20 billion doing that.

The world is increasingly connected, and you own companies in many parts of it. Do differences in culture matter?
Politics and governments divide countries, but on the Internet there are no boundaries. We can travel the world in less than a second. People communicate, meet face to face over the Internet instantaneously. The world will be much more at peace.