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Is Apple (AAPL -0.5%) finally close to scoring an iPhone deal with NTT DoCoMo (DCM)? The...

Is Apple (AAPL -0.5%) finally close to scoring an iPhone deal with NTT DoCoMo (DCM)? The president of the top Japanese carrier, which has been bleeding share to iPhone-carrying SoftBank (SFTBF.PK) and KDDI, says his company is willing to sell the iPhone if it can reach a mutually beneficial deal. DoCoMo and Apple have reportedly been at odds in the past over Apple's purchase requirements and DoCoMo's insistence on pre-installing some of its apps. (China Mobile)
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  • JUDOKA
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    This deal has taken second chair to the China Mobil potential deal.What is the magnitude here concerning subscribers and potential sales?
    11 Jan 2013, 12:15 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    I think the magnitude would be pretty big. DoCoMo has over 60M subs in one of the world's wealthiest and most iPhone-loving markets. Apple's Sep. quarter Japanese sales more than doubled, largely because of iPhone sales to KDDI/SoftBank.
    11 Jan 2013, 12:20 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    NTT DoCoMo: 60 million customers as of Nov 2012. Hardly worth bothering with.
    11 Jan 2013, 01:05 PM Reply Like
  • 1509alpha
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    Why would you think that? If Apple can sell 7 million per quarter through that carrier it will smash the forward forecast.
    11 Jan 2013, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    That's more subs than Sprint. And DoCoMo's ARPU is higher.
    11 Jan 2013, 01:23 PM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Well worth pursuing.
    11 Jan 2013, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • kroyals
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    "60 million...hardly worth bothering".
    Let me guess...you're not in a business.
    11 Jan 2013, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    Really bad guess. I was being facetious.
    12 Jan 2013, 08:01 AM Reply Like
  • Joshua007
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    I agree with kroyals, why scoff at potential sales? Apple has even now cut deals with pre-paid carriers that have significantly less customers. The main reason that they even have the purchase commitments is so that they can produce enough phones for each specific carrier and so that apple knows that they will not favor the rival phone manufacturers, leaving apple with excess capacity at production facilities & excess supply that they cannot sell. I prefer the normal supply and demand that I learned in economics, but apple demand is high enough for them to negotiate more favorable terms.
    11 Jan 2013, 04:03 PM Reply Like
  • kbraden602
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    I live in Japan and rest assured a deal with NTT DoCoMo would be a big deal. Softbank's signal coverage is weak thoughout Japan, forcing many, including me, to use NTT and other than Apple phones. The Japanese cell phone market is the most sophisticated in the world. The technology is cutting edge and way ahead of other nations, especially the USA. Moreover, the Japanese love Apple products. It will be a win win for both NTT & Apple.
    12 Jan 2013, 11:28 AM Reply Like
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