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DoCoMo’s executives seem more comfortable with the iPhone than previously believed. The company has told its Japanese handset manufacturers, mainly Sharp, that it expects the iPhone to take up to 40% of all new contracts when it gets introduced, according to Nikkei (in Japanese, paywalled).

If that forecast holds, the iPhone might very well become the absolute dominant handset in Japan .

DoCoMo had hinted at wanting the iPhone not to surpass 30% of its sales, in order to maintain diversity. We’ll see how that goes and if it was not just a message to reassure Sharp, Fujitsu and co.

Interestingly, it would seem that DoCoMo will also carry the iPad . Which, after all, would only be logical.

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