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New iPhone will be available in Japan on NTT DoCoMo

The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c will both be making their way to Japan's NTT DoCoMo, the nation's largest cellular carrier as part of the initial release of both devices on September 20. This follows reports that the two companies have been in talks about bringing Apple's flagship device to the carrier.

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iPhone said to be coming to NTT DoCoMo this fall

NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile carrier, will reportedly carry the iPhone starting this fall. While talks between Apple and NTT DoCoMo have been reported for awhile, it now seems that the deal is done. NTT DoCoMo has struggled against rivals that do carry the iPhone, according to Nikkei:

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NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest carrier, reportedly in talks to carry the next iPhone

A new report has suggested that the largest cellular carrier in Japan, NTT Docomo, is in talks with Apple over carrying the next iPhone. Rival carriers KDDI and Softbank – recent acquirers of Sprint – already carry the iPhone. From Sankei via Bloomberg:

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NTT DoCoMo reportedly doesn't want the iPhone unless they can screw it up, so customers don't want NTT DoCoMo

NTT DoCoMo reportedly doesn't want the iPhone unless they can stick their logo and crapware, er, value added services, on it. Apple, of course, doesn't allow such shenanigans. The result, apparently, is a stalemate for the two companies, and no iPhone on NTT DoCoMo for customers. So what are customers doing about it? Leaving NTT DoCoMo, it seems. Sophie Knight and Maki Shiraki report for Reuters:

DoCoMo's requirement that its company logo be imprinted on all its devices also conflicts with style-conscious Apple's insistence that its products be left as manufactured.

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Rumor: iPad 3 and iPhone 5 both on track for LTE

Nikkei Business is reporting that the iPad 3 and iPhone 5 are both on their way with LTE 4G radios, set to debut on Japan's NTT DoCoMo in summer and fall of 2012 respectively. Yes, we already suspect an iPad 3 and iPhone 5 are coming next year, and yes we already suspect they'll both have LTE options on networks that support it, but it's still nice to see the usual rumors popping up along the way.

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