NTT DoCoMo and Samsung to Jointly Develop GSM/GPRS i-mode Handsets

TOKYO, JAPAN, March 10, 2003 --- Japanese mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and South Korea-based telecommunications leader Samsung Electronics announced today that the two companies have reached an agreement to jointly develop handsets that are compatible with second-generation (2G) GSM/GPRS wireless networks.

i-mode is DoCoMo's propriety mobile internet platform, and is currently being offered to customers in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Taiwan via the GSM/GPRS wireless networks of DoCoMo's partners. In Japan, i-mode is available to both PDC (2G) and W-CDMA (3G) customers.

"NTT DoCoMo is extremely pleased to be collaborating with Samsung," said
Kei-ichi Enoki, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of DoCoMo's i-mode Business Division. "As a leading player in the global marketplace, Samsung has an excellent reputation for producing superior products. By joining forces with Samsung, we will be able to offer our customers an even greater selection of quality i-mode handsets. This will be extremely advantageous in helping us expand the number of i-mode customers in global GSM/GPRS markets."

"NTT DoCoMo's i-mode offers mobile users a variety of options to maximize their wireless experience. We believe that the adoption of i-mode into our phones will enable us to establish the mobile communication context of satisfying customers' various needs", ByungDuck Cho, Executive Vice President, Mobile Communication R&D Team of Samsung Electronics.

The phones, which will be equipped with ACCESS browser and Java™, are scheduled for market release in early 2004.

Samsung will showcase mock-ups of the jointly developed handsets at CeBIT 2003, the world's largest IT trade fair to be held March 12-19 in Hanover, Germany.

About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company with more than 45 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include , the world's most popular mobile internet service, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 37 million subscribers, and FOMA, launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North and South America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North and South America. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

i-mode and FOMA are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
Java and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

About Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 64,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries. The company is the world's largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network, Device Solution Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses. For more information, please visit

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