TOKYO (majirox news) — KDDI Corp. will start selling iPhones in Japan, bringing an end to the effective domestic monopoly Softbank Corp. had on domestic sales of Apple Inc.’s hit smartphones and sending its rival’s share price down by 10% on Sept 22.
KDDI’s iPhone sales will commence from the upcoming model due out this autumn.
KDDI, which sells au mobile phones, is refusing to comment directly about selling the iPhone, but sources within the company told the Asahi newspaper that preparations for sales are already underway.
KDDI is apparently reluctant to speak about the iPhone because of Apple’s stringent global control over the flow of information related to its products. Talking about the sales would almost certainly result in at least delays in its sales plans or possibly worse.
By moving in on Softbank with the iPhone, KDDI would almost certainly have an enormous impact on its major rival, which has ridden a wave of business success based on the Apple product.