TOKYO, JAPAN, September 17, 2003 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that a new service starting October 1, 2003 will enable third-generation videophones to make international videophone calls and 64 Kbps transmissions to the United Kingdom in cooperation with Hutchison 3G UK.
FOMA already offers international dialing with its service. With the new service, they will also be able to make face-to-face contact via videophone and dial directly into private LANs via data transmissions (72 yen per 10 seconds*).
No application for the service is necessary. FOMA subscribers simply dial 009130-010-44, followed by the Hutchison 3G UK mobile phone number.
DoCoMo has been supporting Hutchison 3G UK to provide the first W-CDMA based 3G services in the United Kingdom, launched on March 2003. DoCoMo expects to expand the international videophone/data service to other countries in the near future.
In the line with official requirements, DoCoMo notified the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications of the new service.
*Transmission charges calculated per 10 seconds regardless of time when call placed or user's billing plan. Free monthly communication allowance and special discounts do not apply to this service.
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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
39 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 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
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