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NTT DoCoMo to start international roaming service in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania
Posted: 23-Jan-2001 [Source: NTTDoCoMo press release]

[The "N601wg" to utilize both PDC and GSM systems.]

Tokyo -- Starting on January 29, 2001, NTT DoCoMo, Inc. will begin marketing a dual-mode cellular phone which can used in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. The "N601wg" is capable of international roaming as it incorporates both the PDC and GSM* mobile communication systems. PDC is offered in Japan by NTT DoCoMo, whereas the GSM system is widely used in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Customers will be able to buy or rent the N601wg for use in the aforementioned areas. Users will be given two phone numbers: one for PDC and the other for GSM.

GSM is a digital mobile communications system that is compatible with international roaming service, SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards etc. The system has been adopted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and is available throughout Europe.

International roaming service charges for the N601wg phone are as follows:

1) International roaming service contract handling fee (excluding tax) 3,000 yen (An additional 3,000 yen will be charged to those signing up for DoCoMo cellular phone service for the first time.) 2) Basic monthly charge for international roaming service free (Note: The basic monthly charge for normal cellular phone service in Japan is applicable.) 3) Dialing charges (per minute) for international roaming service when the caller is outside Japan are as follows:

Charges effective as of January 2001 Country International call Domestic call Incoming call U.K. 296 yen 28 yen 84 yen France 161 yen 58 yen 155 yen Hong Kong 112 yen 29 yen 23 yen Australia 130 yen 25 yen 77 yen

Note:

International call indicates the dialing charge from the country where the call is received. The aforementioned charges may fluctuate or be altered without prior notice depending on the country, mobile phone operator, time and currency exchange rate.

Incoming call charges include call transfer charges from Hong Kong to Japan. Calling charges from Japan to Hong Kong will be billed by an international telecommunication service provider. NTT DoCoMo's normal fee plan will apply when customers use their phones in Japan.

The Service Area Japan Area where NTT DoCoMo's 800MHz PDC system based service is offered Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania Area where 900MHz GSM service is offered by Hutchison Telephone Company and its roaming partners. (about 110 countries and regions.)

International roaming service subscribers can use GSM data transmission service if they apply for it. Exclusive data transmission kit is necessary.

Note: A basic charge for data transmission service is not required. The communication charge is the same as the calling charge.

Outline of N601wg

Features of "N601wg", PDC/GSM system dual-mode mobile phone, are as follows:

1. Main Specifications

Size (Height x Width x Depth): 127 x 42 x 24 mm Weight: Approx.110g Continuous Talk Time: Approx.140 minutes (in Japan) Approx.130 minutes (in GSM area) Continuous Standby Time: Approx.360 hours (in Japan) Approx.50-70 hours (in GSM area) Characters Japanese and English Data Communication: Available

2.Customers can buy or rent the "N601wg" only at DoCoMo Shop Otemachi branch in Tokyo. Service applications are also available at the store. Store Address: Shin-Otemachi Building 1F, 2-2-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

3. Price (excluding tax) Sales price for standard set: 211,100 yen (includes phone and following accessories: AC adapter, battery pack, and Desktop Holder) Monthly rental fee: 6,600 yen Users must purchase AC adapter (7,300 yen) and battery pack (6,800 yen)

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