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  • Japan's Top Carrier May Have to Embrace Apple's iPhone After All


    NTT DoCoMo, the largest wireless operator in Japan, may be left with little choice but to do that which it has avoided until now. According to published reports Friday, the iPhone-less carrier may soon - for the economic good of its business - begin offering Apple's flagship smartphone to 60 million Japanese consumers.

    DoCoMo's unwillingness to offer the iPhone is reportedly costing the carrier enormous sums of money. DoCoMo "is paying heavily for that obstinacy," today's Reuters report reads. 3.2 million DoCoMo subscribers have reportedly relocated their business to iPhone-carrying domestic rivals over the last 4-1/2 years.

    "Today, the iPhone may not necessarily offer the best technological specifications in every aspect, but itís a very well-balanced smartphone," Kazuto Tsubouhi, NTT DoCoMo's Senior Executive Vice President, recently told the WSJ. "And recently, there are some Android phones that are also well-balanced. We are focusing on those models. So far, I think the strategy is working. In terms of product quality, the two Android models we are currently pushing are just as good as the iPhone."

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    DoCoMo's resistance contrasts with holdouts in other markets that are giving in this year to the demand for iPhones. T-Mobile US Inc's CEO said its April release of the iPhone filled a "huge void" in its line-up.
    Although NTT DoCoMo hasn't publicly rejected its previous posturing on Apple's iPhone, there's a good chance that it soon will, according to several market analysts who believe the carrier would be foolish to hold out much longer.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Japan's Top Carrier May Have to Embrace Apple's iPhone After All started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. killakill's Avatar
      killakill -
      Quote Originally Posted by rvance View Post
      +1
      I do remember that also. Not saying that is the whole reason but its definitely part of it.
      Learn to read in between the lines of your article. Of course Verizon would never admit it was due to their weak network. "We just couldn't reach a deal that was mutually beneficial.'" Mutually beneficial meaning they were not ready to upgrade their network. PLEASE read this article. I believe it makes my point for me:

      Verizon CEO says that the carrier never had a shot at the original Apple iPhone

      Quote Originally Posted by Perceptum View Post
      LMAO! Good one.



      Then why did Verizon's VP Jim Gerace say it? Just look at the USA article called "Verizon Rejected Apple iPhone Deal" dated 1/29/2007.

      "Among other things, Apple wanted a percentage of the monthly cellphone fees, say over how and where iPhones could be sold and control of the relationship with iPhone customers, said Jim Gerace, a Verizon Wireless vice president. 'We said no. We have nothing bad to say about the Apple iPhone. We just couldn't reach a deal that was mutually beneficial.'"
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by killakill View Post
      Learn to read in between the lines of your article. Of course Verizon would never admit it was due to their weak network. "We just couldn't reach a deal that was mutually beneficial.'" Mutually beneficial meaning they were not ready to upgrade their network. PLEASE read this article. I believe it makes my point for me:

      Verizon CEO says that the carrier never had a shot at the original Apple iPhone
      Nice try, go find your own article.
    1. Gaijinboy's Avatar
      Gaijinboy -
      Docomo has a premium price for its service, which has better coverage-especially in the countryside. The premium price and coverage follows through with their customer service, in an almost snobbish way.

      I used the first Android phone sold in Japan for two years, provided by Docomo. It came time to upgrade and at the time I was open to iPhone or android. I worked in IT for nine years and my take at the time was that iOS and Android were pretty much the same thing.

      When they falsely told me I could upgrade 3 times and then told me I needed to wait another month, I told them I'd go for iPhone with SoftBank. They didn't even seem to care that I wanted to change carriers. They made no effort to try to keep me. That's what turned me to iOS.

      I'm not going to claim any advantages or disadvantages in the useless android vs iOS arguments, but I'll confirm that many ppl don't use Docomo solely for the lack of Apple products. It's about time Docomo gets off its high seat and realizes that.