TOKYO, JAPAN, January 29, 2004 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that Japanese customers of its 3G FOMA®-based WORLD CALL® service will be able to exchange videophone calls with customers of compatible 3G / W-CDMA services offered by 3 HK Limited in Hong Kong beginning February 6.
To make a video call to Hong Kong, DoCoMo subscribers simply dial 009130-010-852 followed by the local mobile number of the 3 HK user. The cost is 44 yen per 10 seconds or 264 yen per minute*.
Users can also dial into any private LANs in Hong Kong for 64 kbps data transmissions.
FOMA customers in Japan have been enjoying similar services with customers of Hutchison 3G UK in the United Kingdom since last October. DoCoMo is continuing to expand its WORLD CALL videophone call service by leveraging W-CDMA technology, an international standard for 3G mobile telecommunications.
In line with official requirements, DoCoMo notified the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications of the new service.
*Transmission charges are calculated in 10-seconds increments, regardless of the time the call is placed or the user's billing plan. Free monthly communications allowances and special discounts do not apply. For the customer's protection, DoCoMo sets usage limits on WORLD CALL usage.
About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company with more than 47 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include i-mode®, the world's most popular mobile internet service, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 40 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 Asia-Pacific, Europe and North 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.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is available only to subscribers in Japan.
WORLD CALL is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan.