NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that the company and its regional subsidiaries DoCoMo Tokai and DoCoMo Kansai will expand their respective third-generation mobile service areas in early March.
In addition, DoCoMo Hokkaido, DoCoMo Tohoku, DoCoMo Hokuriku, DoCoMo Chugoku, DoCoMo Shikoku and DoCoMo Kyushu will launch FOMA services in major areas of their respective markets beginning April 1. The FOMA service will be available in virtually every major city and cover 60% of the nation's populated areas as of April.
Moreover, as a result of further expansion schedule this autumn, the FOMA service area will cover 90% of all populated areas by the end of fiscal 2002.
In this summer the company will introduce "dual network" system, which will enable users who own both a FOMA and conventional (PDC ) DoCoMo mobile phone to use the same phone number for both handsets.
Between April 1 and August 31,2002 - prior to the introduction of the dual network system - customers using two FOMA phones, or a FOMA and PDC or PHS phone, will receive discounts on their monthly basic fees for each phone. The discounts will be up to 55% for FOMA phones. The discount rates will vary depending on the customer's specific billing plan. In addition, the FOMA application fee will be waived during this period. (DoCoMo Hokkaido customers will be waived form April 1 to September 30)
Sample discount-rate calculation
In the case of a customer who uses a FOMA and PDC phone and subscribes to the FOMA Plan 39 and the PDC "O-Hanashi Plus M" Family Discount plan, their discounts during the limited period will be as follows:
FOMA Plan 39
Limited Time Discount* 40%
1-year Contract Discount 10%-15%
After Discount 1,950 yen (One-year
contract discount: 10 %)
PDC O-Hanashi Plus M(4,100 yen)
Limited Time Discount* 20%
1-Year Contract Discount 10%-15%
After Discount 2,660 yen (One-year
contract discount: 15 %)
*Assumes customer uses Family Discount or Business Discount
In accordance with official requirements, the companies today submitted service-launch applications and billing-plan notifications to the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Post and Telecommunications