Rumors rumors and more rumors
Back in December NTT Docomo (DCM) denied that it would offer the iPad and iPhone from summer and fall, respectively. The summer line up has been announced, and there is no iPad. Next we had the possibility of a new CEO at Docomo and an LTE iPhone, for which DCM would be perfectly positioned to peddle. However, Yamada hasn't left and after winning the 900 MHz allocation, Softbank has an opportunity to built out an FDD-LTE network.
So basically all the rumor and speculation was just that.
One sided Negotiation
DCM characterizes negotiations with Apple as "one sided." This issue goes beyond the branding and bloat with which DCM would presumably defile any iDevice. Simply, DCM is unwilling to commit to push the iPhone as its primary device, which is a deal-breaker as far as Apple is concerned.
If we were told to push the iPhone to account for over half of our handset sales, it wouldn't fit our primary strategy.
DCM CEO Yamada Ryuji at a 4/27 press conference.
Apple would also demand that flat-rate data pricing be less than that of it's Android handsets. DCM feels it would be difficult to vary service price plans based on handset type.
B-Mobile or Xi Contracts for unlocked iPhones
If you just have to have an iPhone with DCM, you can get one of any number of b-mobile SIMs. If you need to have (due to family calling discounts) a Docomo contract, or if you call many Docomo subscribers, then there is the option of an Xi contract with an unlocked iPhone, which is what I do with my android handset.