Japan: The Latest Stop on the iPhone World Tour

by admin December 19, 2007 at 3:25 pm

From Canada to Australia to Spain to China…and now to Japan; Apple’s whirlwind iPhone tour continues this week with new information that Jobs & Co. are actively shopping the Love Slab around to various carriers like DoCoMo and Softbank in the land of the rising sun.

As we all know, Apple’s using the Highlander approach to carrier deals (There can be only one!). So who’s it going to be in Japan? Right now, most people are betting on DoCoMo, based on the simple fact that Apple has (to date) preferred signing agreements with the largest mobile operators in a given country. Indeed, while Softbank is also widely believed to be interested in partnering with Apple, DoCoMo remains Japan’s biggest provider. By most estimates, the carrier has more than 50 million customers, or about half of Japan’s cellular market.

Full article: wired.com