updated 06:30 am EDT, Mon August 26, 2013
Slow selling Galaxy S4 set to be replaced by Apple iPhone 5S
The CFO of Japan's largest carrier NTT DoCoMo has stirred speculation that it may start selling the Apple iPhone, possibly the iPhone 5S. In an interview published in a Japanese magazine, Kazuto Tsubouchi argued that there is a solid basis for the telco and Apple to join forces, reports Bloomberg. Although no deal has yet been reached, the news follows DoCoMo's decision to drop the Samsung Galaxy S4 from its winter lineup following disappointing sales.
With the Samsung Galaxy S4 out of favor at DoCoMo, the timing could not be better for Apple to replace the Samsung flagship with its next iPhone. The Galaxy S4 was almost outsold two to one by the Sony Xperia A, amassing just 700,000 sales against 1.3 million for the Sony handset. DoCoMo had set a 1 million sales target for the Galaxy S4, which it failed to meet leading the carrier to drop it moving forward.
After setting sales records for Samsung on its launch, reports indicated that after pent up demand had been met, there were signs that Galaxy S4 sales had not been able to maintain the initial momentum. Regardless, Samsung's extensive smartphone lineup has helped to ensure that it remains the front-runner in overall global smartphone sales. News that it lost its deal with DoCoMo, would however, have stung the Korean giant. If Apple and DoCoMo are able to come to terms so soon after DoCoMo dropped the Galaxy S4, which would only pour salt on Samsung's wounds.
The Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C is set to be revealed on September 10 with Japan's Nikkei reporting that it will go on sale in Japan with SoftBand and KDDI initially. DoCoMo's shares rose 2 percent on market speculation following the revelation of the potential deal.