May 28, 2014
Apple and NTT DoCoMo have just announced that the former's current iPad models will be launched on the latter's network in Japan in two weeks' time. According to the two companies' joint press release, the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display will be available on the DoCoMo network beginning on June 10. "With the addition of iPad alongside iPhone, we now offer the complete lineup of Japan’s most popular mobile devices on the nation’s most reliable LTE network," said NTT DoCoMo CEO Kaoru Kato. "The results on iPhone have been tremendous, and we look forward to delivering iPad to NTT DOCOMO customers," added Apple CEO Tim Cook. The LTE-enabled tablet devices will run on DoCoMo's Xi LTE communications service, which is available via a new billing plan that allows for group data sharing. Ahead of the devices' launch on DoCoMo, interested customers in Japan can preregister for the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display on DoCoMo's website and at its dealers. With more than 63 million mobile subscribers, DoCoMo is the largest mobile service provider in Japan. As reported a couple of weeks ago, Apple's iPhone deal with the carrier had resulted in Apple’s share of the Japanese smartphone market hitting an all-time high of 36.6 percent.