Japan’s NTT DOCOMO is currently said to be losing subscribers due to them not offering the iPhone in an official capacity, and recent reports have suggested that the carrier is not too eager to bring the phone onto their network due to the conditions that Apple typically asks of its carrier partners. However it seems that not only does the carrier not offer the iPhone, it seems that they will no longer be offering the Samsung Galaxy S4 as well and have dropped the phone from their portfolio in favor of Sharp’s range of handsets.
Interestingly it seems that the reason behind this is because the Samsung Galaxy S4 has not been selling well during the Japan summer, a bit odd given how popular the handset has proven to be, although we guess perhaps in Japan, their customers might favor local companies such as Sharp, Fujitsu, and Sony whose Xperia A proved to be a much better seller on NTT DOCOMO’s network compared to the Galaxy S4. In any case by dropping the Samsung Galaxy S4 from their lineup, it would make the carrier’s winter lineup an all-Japanese one. We guess Samsung shouldn’t take this too personally, after all at least they managed to sell some units compared to the iPhone which wasn’t even offered to begin with.