NTT DoCoMo Inc. may exceed its April target for 1 million sales of smart phones this business year, helped by demand for Sony Ericsson’s Xperia handset.
“The smart phone sales target was seen as an ambitious one, but with Xperia’s sales hitting the 300,000 unit mark, it brought it within range,” Chief Financial Officer Kazuto Tsubouchi said last week. “We may also revise the overall mobile phone sales outlook.”
DoCoMo, KDDI Corp. and Softbank Corp. are expanding their smart phone lineups with models running Google Inc.’s Android software to bolster data traffic and offset falling voice call revenue.
Smart phone shipments will probably exceed 3 million units in the 12 months from April 1, while the overall mobile phone market is expected to contract for a third year, according to MM Research Institute Ltd.
DoCoMo forecast last month that its mobile phones sales will rise 1 percent to 18.2 million units in the year ending next March. The carrier hasn’t disclosed smart phone sales figures for last year.
Net income is forecast to rise 0.4 percent to ¥497 billion in the 12 months ending next March, while revenue may fall 1.5 percent to ¥4.22 trillion, the company said in April. Operating profit will probably increase 0.7 percent to ¥840 billion, it said at the time.
DoCoMo started selling its third Android model last month, while Softbank, Apple Inc.’s exclusive provider of the iPhone in Japan, offers one Android phone. KDDI introduced its first handset running the software developed by Google in June.
Apple shipped 1.69 million iPhones in the year that ended March 31 and has 72 percent of the country’s smart phone market, MM Research said in April. Handsets made by Taiwan’s HTC Corp., which run on Anroid and Microsoft Windows, were second with 11 percent, the Tokyo-based researcher said.
Android, which also runs on tablet computers, may overtake Apple’s iOS, the operating system for the iPad and iPhone, in two years, industry researcher ISuppli Corp. said Tuesday. Google’s software will probably run on 75 million phones in 2012, compared with 62 million handsets for iOS, it said.
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