DOCOMO’s 3G Data-Service Discount Targets New Mobile Wi-Fi Mini-Router

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TOKYO, JAPAN, May 18, 2010 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that beginning June 1 it will offer a special discount on two data-service billing plans, targeting users of a soon-to-be-launched mobile Wi-Fi® mini-router, which will allow Wi-Fi-enabled devices to work on the DOCOMO 3G mobile network (see diagram below), as well as the existing FOMA™ data card.

Co-developed by NTT Broadband Platform, Inc. and BUFFALO INC., the mini-router fits easily into a pocket or purse. It is scheduled to be sold at a number of DOCOMO outlets beginning in late June.

The mini-router will allow tablet computers, notebook PCs, handheld gaming consoles and other devices with wireless local area network (WLAN) capability to connect easily and quickly to the Internet anywhere in DOCOMO’s nationwide FOMA 3G network.

As a special discount, DOCOMO will reduce the maximum monthly charges for the Flat-rate Data Standard and Flat-rate Data Standard Value billing plans by 1,575 yen including tax in each of the first 13 months for new subscribers who sign up anytime between June 1 and September 30, 2010 under a two-year contract. As a result, the maximum monthly charge will be 4,410 yen under the Flat-rate Data Standard Value option (see graph below).

Both plans start with a basic monthly charge for minimum usage and then graduate to a two-tier pricing structure for additional packets, comprising pay-as-you-go charges (0.042 yen/packet) up to a fixed ceiling or a flat-rate charge for unlimited packets beyond the ceiling.

Diagram: Connectivity via Mobile Wi-Fi Mini-Router

Diagram: Connectivity via Mobile Wi-Fi Mini-Router

Specifications of Mobile Wi-Fi Mini-Router (subject to change)

  • Communication protocols: 3G, wireless LAN and optical fiber
  • Device connectivity: Up to six Wi-Fi-enabled digital devices
  • Battery duration (continuous communication): 6 hours
  • Battery duration (continuous stand-by): 30 hours
  • Weight: Approx. 105 grams

Graph: Monthly Charges for Flat-rate Data Standard Value (tax incl.)

Graph: Monthly Charges for Flat-rate Data Standard Value (tax incl.)

Note: For the Flat-rate Data Standard plan, add 735 yen (incl. tax) to all charges above. As with the Flat-rate Data Standard Value plan, a two-year contract is required to receive the special discount.

NTT DOCOMO is the world’s leading mobile operator and provider of advanced mobile services. The company serves over 56 million customers in Japan, including 49 million using i-mode™, the world's most popular mobile e-mail/Internet platform, and 53 million using FOMA™, the world's original 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. As a leader in the development of cutting-edge mobile technologies, DOCOMO is continually expanding the role of mobile phones as versatile and highly personalized “lifestyle tools” for everyday life, including with a wide range of innovative services for mobile payments, GPS, mobile TV, multimedia content and much more. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

FOMA and i-mode are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DOCOMO, INC. in Japan and/or other countries.
Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
FOMA service is only available in Japan.

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