Tuesday, December 18, 2007
iPhone Japan - Early 2008?
Millions around the world covet the iPhone, including little old me. It has been a success where ever it has bee introduced: the U.S, Britain, Germany and France, and now it looks like the device is about to hit one of the most important markets of all, Japan, in the coming year.
It has been reported that Steve Jobs has personally met with DoCoMo's president, Masao Nakamura, to discuss an offer to allow them to sell the iPhone in Japan, and also, that executives from both DoCoMo and Japan's No. 3 operator, Softbank, have both made multiple trips to Apple's headquarters in recent weeks.
Japan, as most of us know, is not only a very big market, but also a very sophisticated and technologically advanced one, and to make any inroads in Japan a cell phone provider or, in this case, manufacturer, such as Apple, needs to be just as sophisticated and technologically advanced or even more so to succeed.
Apple has yet to sigh a deal with the Chinese as Asian nations tend to think a differently than western nations. Japan, however, despite being an Oriental nation is in actuality far more Occidental in its thinking and should, hopefully, be an easier nation to do business with than China. So far any deal between Apple and the Chinese have failed because of Apple's demand to share revenues. At least, if this is the case with DoCoMo, Apple has Softbank to fall back on.
So, will the iPhone succeed in Japan? That, of course, is for the market to determine, but I think that if anybody or any product can succeed in Japan, Apple and the iPhone are the ones to do it. Already the iMac is a smash hit in Japan. I remember when the first Apple store opened in Tokyo's Ginza district the line ups lasted for blocks and blocks. Here's the Youtube video to prove my point that Apple can succeed in Japan!
The Japanese people and market may be sophisticated and advanced, but, then again, the iPhone is the most sophisticated and advanced phone in the world and I can't see it failing. We have to wait and see if and when the iPhone is released, but the betting is that it will be soon be in early 2008 and that the Japanese version on the iPhone, may be in fact, the very first one to sport the long sought after G3 capability.
We shall see.
And that is my 2 cents 4 this sunny, relatively warm, Tuesday, the 18th. of December, 2007.
Photo: Apple Japan