NTT DoCoMo, one of the major players in Japan, are still keeping their fingers crossed that the suits over at Apple will come to a decision and make the iPhone available to them, as they believe that with the iPhone in their portfolio, they will be able to boost their subscriber base – or at least retain their customers, as there might be a disgruntled bunch who will eventually decide to make the leap to another carrier simply because of the availability of the iPhone.
Word on the street has it that DoCoMo will, at long last, come to an agreement with Apple sometime next year, and the Wall Street Journal did confirm that both companies are still in the negotiating stage. Well, there are still obvious obstacles in the situation which has led to a standoff so far, but hopefully with DoCoMo and Apple, things will work themselves out in the end. According to Ryuji Yamada, CEO of DoCoMo, “If the introduction of the iPhone results in the mass majority of our products occupied by the iPhone, then that’s a scenario that’s difficult to us to swallow.”
I guess Yamada knows for sure that the iPhone will be an insane hit on his network, and considering his chief rivals, au/KDDI and SoftBank have already released the iPhone 4S last month, it makes the situation all the more urgent.