DoCoMo to offer Apple's iPhone: Nikkei

Thu Sep 5, 2013 2:07pm EDT

The logo of Japan's biggest mobile phone operator NTT Docomo is seen at its shop in Tokyo July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The logo of Japan's biggest mobile phone operator NTT Docomo is seen at its shop in Tokyo July 3, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc is expected to offer Apple Inc's iPhone as early as autumn, catching up with rivals KDDI Corp and SoftBank Corp, the Nikkei said.

Apple is expected to unveil iPhone's latest version on Tuesday.

DoCoMo's marketing partnership with Apple is likely to be announced the same day, the Nikkei said, without quoting any sources.

Apple and DoCoMo were not immediately available for comment.

DoCoMo, which has long avoided discounting to secure market share, will likely sell the iPhone at prices comparable to those charged by KDDI and SoftBank, the Nikkei said.

(Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian)

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