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NTT DoCoMo to offer the Apple iPhone to Japanese users

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NTT DoCoMo to offer the Apple iPhone to Japanese users
Japan has a fairly low penetration of smartphones with only about 25% of the population having upgraded to a smartphone, but even so Apple has been doing well in the country. The iPhone was the best selling device in Japan in 2012; and, the success Apple has had has come with the iPhone not even being offered by Japan's largest mobile carrier: NTT DoCoMo.

But, a new report says that is all about to change. According to sources at the Nikkei, Japan’s major stock exchange, part of Apple's announcement set for this coming Tuesday, September 10th will be that the iPhone is going to be sold by NTT DoCoMo. DoCoMo is by far the largest mobile carrier in Japan with approximately 60 million subscribers. The Apple iPhone has been offered through other Japanese carriers like au (~38 million subscribers) and SoftBank (~33 million), but this will be the first time the device is sold through DoCoMo. 

Apple has been making a push in Asia recently. Word has it that Apple has also reached a deal with China's largest mobile carrier, and is planning a special event which would take place soon after next week's event in San Francisco. 

source: Reuters

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posted on 06 Sep 2013, 01:15

1. pwnarena (Posts: 722; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


xperia, say goodbye to your top spot. but i really hope sony keeps its lead despite this. it's understandable that the s4 failed to become a hit because japan is currently not in good terms with korea. apple, however, is quite popular among the japanese. i hope they'd be more discerning to favor the product their own japanese company is offering.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 03:22

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2071; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Dat the iPhab on his head?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 14:21

3. downphoenix (Posts: 2235; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I hope that Iphone doesnt take over there, because it seems as far as the major game companies, the Japanese ones have taken a liking to android more than the American ones have, which seem to almost solely develop on the Iphone. If the Iphone picks up, the Japanese companies may abandon android as well, so please dont happen.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 19:09

4. Blazers (Posts: 151; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Square Enix releases for iOS before Android. How long did we have to wait for FF 4? Over six months after iOS. Same with Namco Bandai. I'd like to see your list of the TOP Japanese game makers that publish for Android first, let alone exclusively.

It's a well known fact, more people play games on iOS devices then Android. We have to accept that.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 01:36

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2812; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So basically iOS is for kids to play games on .. is that what you are trying to say?

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