NTT DoCoMo hit by record monthly drop in mobile subscriptions

Reuters

TOKYO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc said on Monday that its mobile phone subscriptions in Septembermarked a record monthly fall, with limited stocks for thepopular new iPhone 5 handsets taking a toll on the country'slargest mobile carrier.

DoCoMo said subscriptions dropped by 66,800 in September, instark contrast to rivals KDDI Corp and SoftBank Corp which saw large increases in the number of subscribersas they had ample stocks of the iPhone 5 to meet demand.

DoCoMo, until recently the only major Japanese mobilecarrier that did not offer the iPhone, began selling the popularhandsets in September.

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