SoftBank to carry 3G iPhone in Japan
June 4, 2008 by Dan Butterfield
Update 6/04/08: Docomo’s response to Softbank’s announcement: “If there’s still a possibility of releasing iPhone from DoCoMo, we would consider it, though we cannot comment on whether we have specific negotiation plans with Apple,” an NTT DoCoMo spokesman said, adding that the iPhone is an attractive product that could appeal to Apple fans in Japan.
Reading between the lines: We are disappointed as we were expecting to carry iPhones… We’re still working on it.
..SoftBank to launch iPhone in Japan
SoftBank issued a PR
today announcing an agreement with Apple to carry the iPhone. Softbank is the first provider in Japan to announce that they will offer the the next generation iPhone in Japan where 2G is virtually non-existent. Hello iPhone 2.0.
SoftBank does not indicte whether they are in an “exclusive” with Apple in Japan. Given Apple’s recent trend towards “more than one carrier” in each major market, iPhonAsia would not be surprised to hear about another deal soon … Perhaps June 9th. NTT DoCoMo remains Japan’s largest single carrier and has been a part of ongoing talks