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NTT DoCoMo to Invite Monitors for "FOMA" Introductory Service
Posted: 09-May-2001 [Source: DoCoMo press release]

[DoCoMo seeking 4,000 individuals to serve as monitors for its FOMA 3G introductory service.]

NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (NTT DoCoMo) announced today it will carry out a media campaign to seek monitors for its new "FOMA" third-generation (3G) introductory service.

FOMA is the brand name for NTT DoCoMo's new 3G service based on the W-CDMA mobile communications standard.

The campaign will be conducted from May 10 via newspaper advertisements and the company website. Anyone who meets the necessary criteria must apply via NTT DoCoMo's FOMA website (located at http://foma.nttdocomo.co.jp/) from May 10 (10 a.m.) to May 16 (5 p.m.). NTT DoCoMo hopes to attract approximately 4,000 individuals and corporate users to serve as monitors for the introductory service, which NTT DoCoMo will conduct to assess system performance and obtain customer feedback prior to its full-scale launch of 3G services in October.

The monitors will be provided with free handsets and will be exempted from initial administrative charge, paying basic monthly fees and optional service fees but not actual communications charges and i-mode information charges. In return, the monitors will be asked to fill out questionnaires about the services and offer their comments and suggestions regarding possible improvements.

Applicants must live or be located within an NTT DoCoMo's business area* and must use their FOMA handsets within the area of the introductory service, which will include the 23 wards of Tokyo and selected areas of Yokohama and Kawasaki cities.

* NTT DoCoMo's business area includes Tokyo as well as Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Yamanashi, Nagano and Niigata prefectures.

The choice of handsets will include "standard" (FOMA N2001), "visual"(FOMA P2101V) and "data-card"(FOMA P2401) models. All handsets will be collected at the end of introductory service period.

Questions regarding how to apply to become a monitor should be directed to:

FOMA Introductory Service Monitor Office Toll Free: 0120-677-360 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays)

Applicants selected to serve as monitors will receive a FOMA monitor request form from the FOMA Introductory Service Monitor Office at the end of May. Moreover, all service monitors must agree to the terms of an FOMA service contract provided by NTT DoCoMo. Handsets will be distributed through DoCoMo branch offices stated below.

NTT DoCoMo Toranomon Branch: Shiroyama JT Mori Building, 4-3-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo

NTT DoCoMo Marunouchi Branch: Shinyurakucho Building, 1-12-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

NTT DoCoMo Shinjuku Branch: Shinjuku NS Building, 2-4-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

NTT DoCoMo Ueno Branch: Sumitomofudosan Ueno Building, 1-10-14 Kitaueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

NTT DoCoMo Ikebukuro Branch: Urbannet Ikebukuro Building, 3-16-3 Higashiikebukuro, Toyoshima-ku, Tokyo

NTT DoCoMo Shibuya Branch: Sumitomo Minamiaoyama Building, 5-11-5 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku

NTT DoCoMo Kanagawa Branch: Yokohama Media Tower, 4-7-3 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku Yokohama-city, Kanagawa prefecture

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