Japan may have another carrier option for iPhones soon.
According to reports, NTT DoCoMo may be in talks with Apple to bring the iPhone to the Japanese carrier’s lineup. NTT DoCoMo currently has 60 million subscribers and is the largest carrier in Japan. However, last year the company had record subscriber losses, and the blame was placed on the iPhone.
According to Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun via Brightwire:
“Katoru Katō, president of NTT DoCoMo Inc., said that the firm would want to add the iPhone to its lineup of serviced smartphones if it could form a mutually beneficial contract with Apple, Inc.
Apple requires that carriers servicing its devices sell a fixed amount per year. Katō said that his company could handle such quotas if iPhones accounted for approximately 20%-30% of its overall smartphone sales.”
Although the carrier wants the iPhone, the negotiations between it and Apple are still in the early stages, and is not close to being a done deal. With the losses of subscribers, however, NTT DoCoMo would like to be able to offer the flagship Apple device to its subscribers soon.