We're not grinding this one into stone just yet, but according to undisclosed "sources," KDDI will be supporting the same next-gen format as NTT DoCoMo and Softbank Mobile. According to so-called industry observers, KDDI's choice to back LTE will likely enable customers to switch providers without having to purchase an all new handset, thus providing more incentive for the carriers to offer more competitive rate plans. Chalk another up for the little big fella.

[Via IntoMobile]