Japan’s leading mobile phone carrier, NTT DoCoMo, is in negotiating with Apple
to sell the muchanticipated iPhone device in the Japanese market, according to
a recent report in the Wall Street Journal.
The iPhone would likely provide a significant boost for DoCoMo, which has been
struggling to attract new customers in Japan’s largely saturated wireless
The WSJ reports that DoCoMo’s talks with Apple have recently hit a snag with the
Californiabased hardware giant demanding a high percentage of income generated
by the phone, just as it is receiving from its exclusive carrier partners in the
United States, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.
NTT DoCoMo currently has around 53 million customers, commanding approximately
50% of Japan’s highly lucrative wireless market. The carrier has recently faced
significant pressure, however, from smaller rivals like Softbank, which is also
reportedly in the running to get exclusive rights to the iPhone in Japan.
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