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NTT Docomo to start selling iPad

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 11:39am
The Associated Press

Apple employees line up iPad Airs to sale on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Stanford, Calif. Apple's iPad Air, a thinner, lighter and faster-running version of its previous large tablet computers, goes on sale Friday with a starting price of $499. The company also unveiled an updated version of its iPad Mini recently. It goes on sale sometime in November. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)TOKYO, Nov. 20 (Kyodo) — NTT Docomo Inc. will start selling Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer soon, a senior official at the mobile phone carrier said Wednesday.

The company will start dealing it "in the not-too-distant future," Senior Executive Vice President Kazuto Tsubouchi said during an interview with Kyodo News. It will do so by the end of the current fiscal year through next March, according to a company official.

Japan's largest carrier began selling Apple's iPhone smartphones this September, well after competitors KDDI Corp. and Softbank Corp.

While KDDI and Softbank already carry the newest model of the iPad released earlier this month, NTT Docomo has so far said it is "considering" it.

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