Japan’s major wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo (NYSE:DCM) is expected to begin supporting Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone later this year, while both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are expected to land on China Telecom (NYSE:CHA) and Unicom networks on Sept. 20, according media reports.
Yahoo Japan reported on Thursday that both Apple and NTT DoCoMo apparently settled their differences, leading the Japanese carrier to support iPhones starting this fall. According to some other reports, the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be released in Japan on Sept. 20, 10 days after the devices are reportedly unveiled in the U.S.
According to a report from Apple Insider, the addition of the iPhone to its network could benefit DoCoMo. Although the company had previously denied that the absence of the iPhone on its network had affected its business, the carrier admitted last year that not having an iPhone offering was responsible for a net loss in its customer base.
Meanwhile, another report from China’s Sina Tech said on Thursday that Apple’s current carrier partners China Telecom and Unicom are expected to be the first Chinese carriers to launch the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on Sept. 20 in the country.
The report, however, stated that the new iPhones could be released on China Mobile, another network provider in the country, at a later period, possibly in November as TD-LTE 4G compatible versions of the new Apple handsets are yet to get regulatory approval.
The report from Sina Tech comes at a time when some other reports are suggesting that Apple could release the new iPhones in China much earlier than previously thought. The company has also announced a separate media event in the country on Sept. 11, where it is expected to unveil the upcoming models of the iPhones.