TOKYO, JAPAN, May 19, 2003 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that the company will launch WORLD WALKER™ (PLUS), a new international roaming service available for 2G handset users, on June 1, 2003.
WORLD WALKER™ international roaming service has been available since 1997, providing 2G users with overseas rental handsets and allowing subscribers traveling abroad to make and receive calls from their regular mobile phone numbers.
WORLD WALKER (PLUS) offers basically the same service as WORLD WALKER but allows use of one dedicated handset in multiple countries and regions. Conventional WORLD WALKER service requires separate handsets depending on the country or region. At the time of WORLD WALKER (PLUS) launch, a single handset will be useable in 52 countries and regions, which will later be expanded to 71.
To use the service, subscribers should rent a WORLD WALKER (PLUS) compatible handset manufactured by Motorola, available for 700 yen per day, or 15,000 yen per month. No basic monthly charge is required, and communications fees will vary according to the country/region in which the service is being used. In most areas, communications fees will be less than those charged when using the conventional WORLD WALKER service.
DoCoMo users wishing to use WORLD WALKER (PLUS) should apply before leaving Japan. Applications can be made via the official i-mode site as of June 2, or website at http://worldwalker.nttdocomo.co.jp, by telephone (0120-68-0200), fax (03-3243-6804) or at the DoCoMo WORLD WALKER Center (3F, Yaesu EFU Building, 2-6-21 Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo). The center is open 9:00-18:00 on weekdays and 9:00-17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays (closed national holidays and New Year's holidays).
Note: When applying, English assistance is available via the free dial number listed above. Application via any other channel, however, must be in Japanese.
For more details, please refer to the attachment.
|Outline of WORLD WALKER (PLUS) GSM Handset|
|Size (height x width x thickness)||84 x 44 x 21 (mm) (folded)|
|Continuous stand-by time||120 hours|
|Continuous talk time||180 minutes|
|Frequency band (MHz)||900 / 1800 / 1900|
About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company with more than 46 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 38 million subscribers, and , 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 www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english
i-mode and FOMA are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
mova is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan.
WORLD WALKER is a trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan.