NTT DoCoMo still waiting for “right condition to sell” iPhone in Japan
NTT DoCoMo had the chance to sell the iPhone 3G in Japan when it engaged in talks with Apple earlier this year, but since SoftBank is the one who has emerged offering the said device, it’s obvious that NTT DoCoMo’s negotiations with Apple didn’t go quite well.
SoftBank Mobile Corp. has since become the exclusive iPhone 3G provider in Japan, forcing those who want to buy the iPhone 3G to either switch from their current mobile network or sign up for a new contract with SoftBank in addition to their current one.
However there might still be hope for an iPhone 3G release through NTT DoCoMo, according to a statement made by Hiroshi Matsui. Speaking to Dow Jones Newswires at the ITU Telecom Asia show, NTT DoCoMo’s senior executive vice president said:
“It’s not that we’ve given up. We just want the right condition to sell it.”
NTT DoCoMo actually has two choices, just like every other telco offering the iPhone 3G right now, which are: sell the iPhone 3G with a contract and without. The current set-up for offering the iPhone 3G in your country seems so great that even China Mobile might start marketing it soon. Just what could NTT DoCoMo possibly be waiting for? The day SoftBank sells out of iPhones?
Via CNN Money