Rumor has it that Korea Telecom Freetel, Korea’s leading WCDMA provider, and Japan’s own NTT DoCoMo are working on jointly launching the Apple iPhone in Korea and Japan. Both countries were unfortunately not included in the recent list of Asian iPhone destinations, and these carriers are trying to remedy that, possibly due to public demand.
Neighboring Asian countries received Apple’s blessing over a week ago, and the most notable of which is Singapore’s SingTel, which brought the touchscreen wonder to three other countries as well via its associate operators. But Japan and Korea have not been so lucky, and we have yet to hear about an official announcement about an iPhone launch happening any time soon in both countries.
With the way Apple is acting right now, it might not be long before it reaches out to KTF and NTT DoCoMo to bring an official deal to the table, and such talks about jointly launching the iPhone won’t be necessary. But just in case Apple is reluctant (if only at first) for a Korean and Japanese iPhone launch, then the two telcos would do good to continue their discussions.
The Apple iPhone has been on the news quite a lot recently, mostly because of updates about multi-country deals that Apple has been inking with carrier after carrier. Just recently Orange France said that it would introduce the iPhone in ten more countries, in some side by side with Vodafone and T-Mobile. So it would seem like a no-brainer for the iPhone to also head for the world’s top 3G/UMTS/WCDMA destinations, especially since a 3G version is rumored to be on the way.
We feel for you, Japan and Korea. For now, you can settle for your favorite Nokia, Samsung, and LG phones but bear in mind that Apple needs you if they’re ever going to sell 10 million iPhones in time. So be optimistic!
Via Telecoms Korea
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