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Japanese Carrier DoCoMo to Gain iPhone This Fall

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot



    After years of negotiations, Japanese carrier DoCoMo will begin carrying the iPhone this fall, according to a report from Japanese newswire Nikkei [Google Translate].

    DoCoMo will begin carrying the new models of the iPhone this fall, after Apple and DoCoMo came to an agreement over terms and conditions, including sales quotas, claims Nikkei.

    The other large Japanese carriers, KDDI and Softbank, have carried the iPhone for years. Softbank recently purchased a controlling interest in American carrier Sprint.

    DoCoMo lost a total of 3.2 million users over the last four-and-a-half years years, with much of that loss blamed on the lack of an iPhone on the network. DoCoMo had long insisted that its own services be preloaded onto devices sold on its network, something that is anathema to Apple.

    The companies have appeared closer to a deal in recent weeks, as the CEO of DoCoMo said there were "compelling reasons" for the two companies to reach an agreement.

    Nikkei previously reported that both the iPhone 5S and 5C would launch in Japan on Friday, September 20th -- expected to be the same day as the phone's release in the United States.

    Article Link: Japanese Carrier DoCoMo to Gain iPhone This Fall
  2. macrumors 6502a

    good! now where is the bump on aapl?
  3. macrumors 6502

    Will be interesting to see if Apple will allow DoCoMo to put its bloatware on the iPhone. Don't see how they could have made a deal otherwise. They probably struck the same deal with China Mobile.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Hai, arigato and congratulations docomo! :)
  5. macrumors member

    Docomo arigato Mr. Tsubouchi!
  6. macrumors 6502

    Or DoCoMo and ChinaMobile got sick of losing subscribers to other carriers. I'm sure more details will leak out before or after the official announcements.
  7. macrumors 603


    Was subscriber loss an issue for China Mobile? Hard to imagine with a carrier that has over 700M customers.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Maybe loss wasn't a current threat but definitely a near future threat. Striking a deal before the losses started happening would be smart.
  9. macrumors 68020


    DoCoMo was finally like,



    you serious? there is absolutely no way apple allowed them to put their bloat on the phone. none. it would open apple up to everybody wanting it. no, DoCoMo looked at the business they were losing year after year and finally conceded, probably negotiating on price to save face.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Docomo has sucked for years. They always had the worst coverage, and half a decade later, they finally appear to see the light.

    Congrats on staying around this long.
  11. macrumors 601


    Tim Cook has been busy
  12. macrumors 603


    I think it was more working out the logistics of their network technology and SKU management. The W1605L takes care of their special TD-SCDMA network in addition to all of the other networks out there. Now Apple just have to differentiate SKUs by which bands they support.
  13. macrumors 68040


    Just an FYI, Macrumors - NTT DOCOMO is not stylized "DoCoMo" anymore, and hasn't been for years. ;)

  14. macrumors 6502

    want a bet?! why would Apple give in to Docomo when they didn't give in to bigger players like Verizon? Apple doesn't need Docomo that badly but Docomo does need Apple.
    why should it be the same? I don't recall any reports of China Mobile wanting bloatware on iphones as a big sticking point in negotiations with Apple. as noted by others in the thread the main issue was network incompatibility which is supposed to be resolved with the new chips in the upcoming new iphones. I also remember reading that the size of iphone subsidies was a big point of contention.

    All that said, China Mobile with their huge subscriber base is probably the stronger side in the negotiations with Apple. if anybody can bend Apple to allow bloatware on iphones (if they REALLY wanted it) it would be China Mobile. But definitely not Docomo.
  15. macrumors 68020


    I remember seeing reports about 3G subscribers growing far more quickly on other networks. (Most of the smartphones in China were said to be 2G until recently.) However, I don't know whether most of the difference can be explained by lack of iPhones or lack of high end phones in general or by something else.
  16. macrumors 68020

    Who cares. Not germane to the article.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Softbank iPhone here in Japan already includes some of its bloatware preinstalled.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Docomo have pretty much managed to shrug off the iPhone for this long, simply because they have the largest network in 3, 3.5 and 4G. Although Softbank have made strenuous efforts to improve recently after buying their god-awful network from Vodafone, they're still a fair distance behind.

    The idea that Docomo's coverage is the worst is either the result of you having no idea what you're talking about (most likely) or a blatant lie.

    I've had phones on all 3 networks during the last 10 years. Docomo are far and away the fastest. AU have good coverage, but not amazing speeds. And as I said, while Softbank have improved, they're still playing catchup.

    Really, next time you make a pointless comment, at least try to aim somewhere in the rough direction of the truth.
  19. macrumors member

    Saved me a post... ;)
  20. macrumors 6502a


    What are you talking about " W1605L "
  21. macrumors 603


    It's a wireless transceiver qualcomm makes that supports TD-SCDMA. The previous version apple used, the RTR8600, didn't support TD-SCDMA.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Woah! Slow down there killer. I was just speaking from my experience. Next time I will add that caveat in there for the more passionate folks.

    Back on topic: THEY SUCK!
  23. macrumors 68040


    Docomo apparently cared enough to change it in 2008. And since this is a site that seems to take professionalism and accuracy seriously, I thought they might want to know. Writing Docomo like "DoCoMo" would be like writing "aPpLe." I guess since it's not an American company it's not a big deal?


    I've bought a launch day iPhone every year since the iPhone 3G in 2008, and I've never once had anything preinstalled on my phone besides the stock Apple apps. :confused:
  24. macrumors newbie

    Like what?? I haven't seen any bloatware on my Softbank iPhone.
  25. macrumors 6502

    At last!!

    To be honest I thought they would never get it. Good to see common sense prevailed. They are going to sell truckloads of the things.

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