Apple to Offer iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini on Japanese Carrier NTT DOCOMO Starting June 10

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple announced today that it will begin offering the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini on Japanese carrier NTT DOCOMO starting Tuesday, June 10. Both tablets will be compatible with the company's nationwide Xi LTE service, as users will be able to pre-register for both devices beginning June 2nd at local DOCOMO stores and the carrier's website.
    The iPad Air and Retina iPad mini were originally launched in Japan and a number of other countries last fall. The move also follows the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on the carrier last September, marking the first time that Apple's phones were offered on DOCOMO. Since then, Apple has seen its share of the Japanese mobile phone market rise above 36%, with the iPhone accounting for more than 40% of phone sales on the carrier.

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  2. macs4nw, May 28, 2014
    Last edited: May 28, 2014

    macrumors 68030


    I'm surprised NTT DoCoMo didn't get both devices last November, shortly after the iPhone 5S' September launch.

    Was their LTE network not ready for the added devices, or was this just Apple's tight supplies at the time?
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2011
    Might have to do with Xi, which is different to the LTE we use.
  4. macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
    My guess would go into some market protection for SoftBank. But just a guess.
    Anyway I changed into mobile wifi router (Xi) and using wifi iPad only. And it work with my laptops too. Much more flexible.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    Wow the timing is very interesting. With the WWDC about to get going a week before this takes effect. I wonder what that means in terms of announcements on June 2. It would be wierd to announce new iPads a week before the old ones become available on DoCoMo.
  6. macrumors 601


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    They aren't going to announce new iPads at WWDC.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    I used to do that, but the hassle of having to carry an extra device around (and make sure it was charged) became annoying enough that I went with a KDDI LTE rMini this time around. With 10+ hours of tethering per charge, it actually lasts longer than my pocket wifi did in that capacity, and being always-connected is great. Just my two cents' worth
  8. macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Was this ever in question?


    They don't typically announce iPads at WWDC. iPhones maybe, but not iPads.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2006
    Now I can break free of the Cult of Softbank forever.

    So long, Reverend Masayoshi Son.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    I did the same, and I agree.
    I like the flexibility but it is a pain carrying so many devices.
    Will probably swap my galapagos keitai, mobile router, iPod touch for a (docomo) iPhone when my contract expires. My pockets will be happier!

    Had a (softbank) 3G ipad1 and having an always on connection was great.
    Wish the LTE contracts were a little more flexible though, a month at a time would be awesome (like everywhere else in the world I believe.)

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