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07-05-2013, 02:36 PM #1
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."
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.
07-05-2013, 02:49 PM #2
It's good that they aren't pushing a phone made by such a money greedy [...] company. But it looks like the idiotic mass is finally making their smart decision look like a dumb one.
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07-05-2013, 06:54 PM #6
and another reason is because the iphone is sold out of america.......even tho it is built overseas. lol but the economics is what it boils down to, the money. and they see they are losing money because the want the iphone. is a good thing. I think
07-05-2013, 06:55 PM #7
And this is pretty much the reason Verizon rejected the iPhone before AT&T signed on back in 2007. Both Apple and Verizon were too controlling: Verizon wanted their software installed, Apple said no, so say parted ways.
DoCoMo should have learned from Verizon's mistake.
07-05-2013, 08:19 PM #8
07-05-2013, 08:54 PM #9
Docomo, in conjunction with partners, release new models of phones half yearly, so they really had a vested interest in NOT letting the iphone compete with their phones. The Japanese also have (had?) a tendency to think that their cell phones were superior to the rest of the world, so the iphone might have looked like a passing fad. Regardless, it has cost them a lot of customers. To make things worse Softbank (the telecommunications company that currently sells iphones in Japan) is much cheaper than Docomo and while it is said that Docomo has better coverage than Softbank, I've found that largely to be untrue.
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07-06-2013, 06:05 AM #14
I used to have my 4s jailbroken on 6.1.2 with a gig of free space with around 70-80 apps, 300 songs, and 30-40 tweaks and it was horribly laggy. I was constantly rebooting, restoring, and unjailbreaking. It is terrible. Plus with a brand new restore to 6.1.3 I still had lag with only default apps and no music. If we got rid of the useless apps like newsstand, voice memos, and merge the iTunes and App Store then we would have less crapware. Plus t-mobile adds crapware to the iPhone when you get it from them so clearly they are bad at their job of keeping crapware off of their systems
And on the note of creativity, it appears Ives is on his way to being a good, new taste for apple.
07-06-2013, 07:10 AM #15
I'm running 120 apps, less than 10 tweaks and my 5 runs smooth as butter. Never seen safe mode since iPhone 3G days.
Also using PDANet, BytaFont, Pandora Downloader and Songza Downloader.
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07-07-2013, 10:08 AM #18
PLEASE know what you are saying before you say it. That is not the reason Verizon rejected the iPhone. Verizon NEVER rejected the iPhone. The reason the iPhone was not on Verizon is because their CDMA network could not handle the most basic functions that Apple wanted their phone to be able to do, and GSM networks could. That is why Verizon and other CDMA networks rushed so quickly to upgrade their network so they could make a deal to begin selling the iPhone.
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07-08-2013, 03:10 PM #20
"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.'"
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