Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nikkei reports LTE iPhone and iPad coming to NTT Docomo, Docomo denies.

Interesting day. Today, the Nikkei reported that an LTE version of the iPad and iPhone are coming to NTT Docomo next summer and fall, respectively. The article claimed that, according to many involved parties, NTT Docomo CEO Yamada and VP Tujimura were in the US during mid November for direct negotiations with Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook. However Docomo quickly denied this.
ドコモ、来年夏にiPhone参入次世代高速通信規格「LTE」に対応

NTTドコモは米アップルの人気スマートフォン「iPhone」とタブレット端末「iPad」の次世代機を日本国内で販売することで、アップルと基本合意した。ドコモはこの合意に基づき、まず来年夏に高速通信規格「LTE」に対応したiPadを日本市場に投入し、秋までにLTE対応のiPhoneを発売する見通しだ。
Docomo to introduce LTE iPhone next summer

NTT Docomo has forged an agreement with Apple to sell the the next generation of the popular iPhone and iPad. Based on the agreement, NTT Docomo expects to first release an LTE iPad next summer, follwed by an LTE iPhone in Fall.
Docomo released a press release in response. An excerpt follows:
本日、一部報道で、当社がアップル社の「iPhone」及び「iPad」の取り扱いを開始する旨の報道がありましたが、
現時点において、「iPhone」及び「iPad」の取り扱いについて、当社がアップル社と基本合意したという事実はございません。

また、現時点において、「iPhone」及び「iPad」の取り扱いに関し、アップル社と具体的な交渉をしている事実もございません。
Today, it was reported in the press that NTT Docomo will begin carrying the iPhone and iPad. However there is currently no agreement in place with Apple. NTT Docomo are in fact not currently engaged in negotiations.
So, which is true?

If Docomo was actually in negotiations with Apple for iStuff, and if that iStuff was going to be LTE, and if Docomo just leaked that to the world, then it's not hard to imagine that Docomo would no longer be in negotiations with Apple and would never see any iAnything. Forever. And ever. Especially if Steve was still around.

So, Docomo would have no choice but to implement damage control quickly and deny the report.

On the other hand, the Nikkei report could be all BS.

via @10sai and @sveninjapan

2 comments:

  1. Meanwhile I bought Galaxy Nexus.

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  2. Interesting, didn't know Apple was that strict that early in the game.

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