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Carrier denies 4G iPad, iPhone Deal with Apple

Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has moved to quell expectations that it would be offering 4G LTE versions of Apple's iPad and iPhone next year, which was widely reported on tech news sites in Japan and worldwide.

In a Nikkei Business report last week, citing seemingly reliable sources, it was claimed that Japan's largest carrier is preparing to offer its subscribers a 4G LTE iPhone 5 next autumn, with an iPad 3 incorporating the radio technology coming in the summer.

Japanese site Makotakara, said that Takashi Yamada, NTT Docomo president and Kiyoyuki Tsujimura, the carrier's vice president, had had a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook in mid-November, and agreed on the basics of a deal.

Japan's major carrier felt the need to publicly denounce this report. "At the present time, we don't even have any concrete negotiations with Apple Inc. regarding the service/management/handling of iPhone and iPad," NTT Docomo said in the official statement.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that the negotiations had stalled because Apple demanded iPhone sellers commit to very large sales volumes. On the other hand, NTT Docomo wanted to control the software installed on the iPhones offered on its network.

On the Japanese market the competition for Apple devices is even fiercer than ever, with KDDI Corp recently joining Softbank Corp in offering their customers the popular iPhone.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.