According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple has entered into talks with both NTT DoCoMo and Softbank for an iPhone deal in Japan. Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently met with DoCoMo's president Masao Nakamura and executives from both Japanese carriers have visited Apple's Cupertino offices in recent weeks. Apple is considered to be more interested in partnering with DoCoMo since its preference is generally for the carrier with the most subscribers in a given country, however, Softbank has been bullish on a deal. As always, the sticky wicket for the iPhone maker is the revenue share agreement, which some claim to be around 10 percent of revenues from the phone's users.
For more on the imminent deal:
- read this article from the WSJ (sub. req.)