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iPhone Turning Japanese Sooner than Later?

Posted on 19 December 2007 by Staff

iPhone Japan

The Japanese love their cell phones, but not an iPhone; since it hasn’t made it to the far east. But that may all change sooner rather than later.
Tech.co.uk is reporting that Apple is in serious talks to bring the iPhone to Japan and it won’t be like the current model either. That’s because Japan does not have a slow Edge network like the iPhone is married to here in the U.S. and Europe. No, the Japanese know their gadgets, especially cell phones and they only demand the best.

Word on the street has Apple in talks with NTT DoCoMo, the biggest network in terms of subscribers, and Softbank Mobile, the third biggest in Japan, over the terms of any deal. While there’s little doubt DoCoMo is favourite – 53 million customers to Softbank’s 17 million – the smaller firm could yet pull a swift one and surprise us all.The key to the talks will inevitably be Apple’s business model, wherein it reaps a chunk of whatever iPhone users spend each and every month on top of whatever the hardware itself costs.

This means a 3G iPhone would be needed to enter the Japanese market and succeed. Hopefully this means an iPhone using the faster network will be here sooner that we think.

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