Apple announced some big news today regarding expansion across the globe. Starting June 10, Japan’s largest wireless provider, NTT DoCoMo, will begin selling the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. The company is the last carrier to add Apple’s tablet line to its catalog.
According to TechCrunch, Apple and NTT DoCoMo have a history of negotiation issues. In 2011, the two struggled to compromise over software additions. NTT DoCoMo wanted to include its own apps, including an e-wallet and mail service, but Apple didn’t want to let them. The wireless carrier also questioned the large volume of iPhones that Apple wanted to commit to. NTE DoCoMo didn’t begin selling the iPhone until late 2013.
With the addition of the iPad Air and iPad mini, NTT DoCoMo now offers all LTE compatible devices from Apple.
“With the addition of iPad alongside iPhone, we now offer the complete lineup of Japan’s most popular mobile devices on the nation’s most reliable LTE network,” said Kaoru Kato, President and CEO of NTT DOCOMO, INC. “We know our customers will enjoy using iPad Air and iPad mini, and anticipate that new customers will look to experience these amazing devices on our high-quality network with our new billing plan.”
Residents will be able to preorder units starting June 2. The carrier will offer special billing plans that will allow family data sharing, as well as special group plans for corporate users.