The SoftBank Mobile Corporation announced earlier today that they have signed an agreement with Apple that involves bringing the iPhone to Japan later this year.
We already discussed the past rumor of DoCoMo bringing the iPhone to Japan and most of us thought this was a sure thing, but with this announcement there are sure to be some more dominant SoftBank customers.
DoCoMo spokesman Shinjiro Minami let it be known that the company was unhappy SoftBank had really beaten them to the punch here, as he admits that they were in fact strongly considering a deal of their own with Apple before SoftBank came into the picture.
There have been very few details released on this agreement, and SoftBank spokesman Naoki Nakayama said no further details such as pricing and dates were available as of yet. Regardless, now no one can question the fact that there will be a 3G iPhone within the year.
Japan is considered as being a huge market for the iPhone, just take a look at how well Apple’s other popular product, the iPod has done.
We will be sure to keep you up to date with new information as it becomes available to us.
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