Apple may have sealed a deal with Japan’s largest wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo. The carrier’s stock price rallied following a report published by SankeiBiz, in which DoCoMo’s CFO Kazuto Tsubouchi suggested it would make business sense for DoCoMo to sell the iPhone. The carrier lost customers last quarter who left for other carriers that sell the device. NTT DoCoMo has never sold the iPhone, though the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are expected to launch in Japan as early as Sept. 20.
It’s a similar story to China Mobile, which has held out on selling the iPhone for several reasons, but mainly because it operates a proprietary wireless network that hasn’t played well with Apple’s iPhone in the past. Deals with both carriers would put Apple’s iPhones in hands of millions of customers who haven’t had a chance to buy the device yet.
Still, DoCoMo won’t publicly say whether or not a deal is certain. The company hasn’t yet made a decision to sell the device, a spokesperson told Bloomberg, and it wants to make certain that iPhone sales only make up about 30 percent of overall handset sales. With Apple’s rumored Sept. 10 press conference sneaking up, we bet we’ll hear more in the very near future.