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DoCoMo wants to become the official provider of the Apple iPhone in Japan

Apple is in negotiations with NTT DoCoMo, the top mobile phone carrier in Japan, but the two sides are unable to reach a subscriber revenue agreement.  Japan has nearly 100 million mobile phone subscribers and DoCoMo controls a bit more than 50 percent of the market.

Apple claimed it would launch the iPhone in Asian nations during 2008, but did not offer any further details.  A successful launch on the competitive and lucrative Japanese mobile market could temporarily silence all iPhone critics.

Since the current iPhone wouldn't work in Japan, a possible phone launch would include the 3G iPhone, which the AT&T CEO promised will be available in the U.S. sometime next year.

DoCoMo President Masao Nakamura held a meeting with Apple CEO Steve Jobs in San Francisco in early December, with a possible iPhone launch in Japan being the most important topic of discussion. If a deal between Apple and DoCoMo cannot be reached in a timely matter, it is possible Softbank Mobile may become the likely candidate for Apple to sign with.

Apple has deals with AT&T in America, O2 in the United Kingdom, T-Mobile in Germany and Orange Wireless in France.  Apple and China Mobile are negotiating contract issues to offer the service in China - but China Mobile also has problems with revenue sharing numbers provided by Apple.

The iPhone has had relatively good sales, but some Wall Street analysts are still not convinced of the iPhone's dominance in the cell phone market.

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RE: it's not gonna work here
By afkrotch on 12/19/2007 1:55:26 PM , Rating: 2
I use to live in Japan. I bought a Docomo P901is back in 2005. I moved to Germany and severly miss my P901is. European and US cell phones suck. The iPhone sucks.

I'm sorry, but my P901is had gps, texting, camera, video teleconferencing, mp3 playback, video playback, can be used to unlock doors, as a train pass, control my tv, used as a credit card, read barcodes to hit websites built for phones, easily transfer data between phones, used the camera to capture text that would then be typed up in the phone, changeable faceplates (cause anime faceplates are so cool), miniSD reader, and tons of other features that didn't know how to use.

This was just one type for the lineup of the 902 lineup. Each type shared majority of the same features, but others had specific features geared towards a different base of customers. You had ones that you would watch available aired tv, you had media centric ones, you had the sleek business style ones, and so on.

I picked it up for 5800 yen with contract. Would have been 8800 yen without, but I wanted the contract anyways. It was also an old phone when I bought it, as the 903s just hit the market. With each new series of phones, all the same features are available or updated, with an inclusion of even more features. The 905s are amazing phone that the iPhone couldn't compete with.

Shoot, I remember when the stupid Razor's started showing up. The only ppl you saw buy them were Americans living in Japan. No Japanese person would buy them, cause the feature listing was utter trash.

I wanted to hook my cellphone up with T-Mobile in Germany, but Docomo locked down their phones to their service. I haven't found any hacks for it either. I personally want the P905iTV. Would be able to watch TV and record the TV shows too, all on the phone.

If I were Docomo, I'd let Softbank have the stupid iPhone. It's going to fail miserably in Japan.

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