We’re pretty confident Panasonic wants to sell phones to everyone interested whether he/she lives in Japan or not. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds even though the Japanese company makes some great products, like that LUMIX Phone 101P (arguably the best Android-based camera phone). The Japanese giant has to deal with mobile operators, get good terms from them and then finally reach end users.
According to Reuters and Nikkei, the negotiations are under way, with Panasonic trying to enter the European market in 2012 by partnering with a “major telecommunications firm.” No names were named but it’s clear they refer to one of the following companies: Vodafone, Orange, Telefónica (O2) or T-Mobile. By teaming-up with any of the 5 major operator groups, Panasonic could easily enter couple of European markets at once. Guess for that end they’re hiring PR professionals.
We’re just hoping they’ll treat their European customers in a way their Japanese users are treated — i.e. with super-powerful Android smartphones. In addition, we would expect Panasonic to also makes its ToughPad and ToughBook tablets available to European users. Can’t wait. 😉
[Via: Unwired View]