NTT DoCoMo deal to sell iPhone near?

|About: NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (DCM)|By:, SA News Editor

It may just all be about the timing at this point, according to NTT DoCoMo (DCM) senior EVP Kazuto Tsubouchi. "It would be difficult to start sales on the 10th," he tells Japan's Sankei Shimbun, referring to the date Apple (AAPL) is rumored to introduce the iPhone 5S, among other phones. "Docomo is ready but timing is the problem."

It's not the first time a deal was believed to be near.

DoCoMo shares rose 2.1% in Tokyo overnight.