NTT Docomo denies has reached agreement with Apple

A receptionist works in front of a logo of NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile operator, at its headquarters in Tokyo July 8, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakaj/Files

TOKYO (Reuters) - An NTT Docomo Inc 9437.T spokesperson denied on Thursday that the company had reached a basic agreement with Apple Inc APPL.O on selling its popular iPhone in Japan.

Jiji news agency quoted NTT Docomo denying it was in talks on specifics.

The Nikkei Business magazine online edition said the two firms had reached an agreement, and that Japan’s biggest mobile carrier will first sell the iPad with high-speed packet access next summer, followed by the iPhone in autumn next year.

The move would make DoCoMo the third mobile carrier in Japan to carry the devices after Softbank Corp 9984.T and KDDI Corp 9433.T.

Reporting by Mayumi Negishi; Editing by Joseph Radford