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As Apple comes under pressure to increase its buyback program from activist investor Carl Icahn, who hopes to boost its share price, one thing that will keep shareholders happy is selling more iPhones. A deal with NTT Docomo is undoubtedly going to do that, though the timing of said deal continues to remain a mystery.

With an executive from NTT Docomo now publicly mentioning selling the iPhone and getting a deal done, it appears that something may happen between the two companies sooner rather than later.

-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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