The iPhone is headed to Japan’s largest wireless provider, DoCoMo, this fall, according to a new report from Japanese business publication Nikkei. Apple and DoCoMo recently agreed on the terms of the partnership, and the iPhone will likely be officially announced on DoCoMo the same day as Apple’s September 10th unveiling of the iPhone 5S and 5C. Japan’s other carriers, KDDI and SoftBank, already sell the iPhone.
Nikkei previously reported that Apple’s next iPhone hardware will go on sale in Japan on September 20th, which is rumored to be the first day of availability in the United States as well. DoCoMo has been losing customers without the iPhone for the past few years, so partnering with Apple is huge for both parties.
Apple is continuing to make a push into the Asian market with rumblings of the company finally striking a deal with China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, for this fall. The September 10th iPhone event will be telecasted in Beijing next week, which would be the perfect place and time to announce the China Mobile partnership.