Vodafone K.K. announces that it will offer 3 new 3G handsets for the 2005 fall and winter season. The Vodafone 702NK II (Nokia 6680) is scheduled to go on sale from late October, and the Vodafone 703SHf by Sharp and Vodafone 703N by NEC are set to debut in early November.
The 703SHf will be Vodafone K.K.'s first 3G handset to come with an embedded Mobile FeliCa smartcard to support 'Vodafone live! FeliCa' mobile wallet services.
Vodafone live! FeliCa is a service that lets customers enjoy highly convenient services for their daily lives by using Vodafone live! FeliCa compatible V-applis (IC applis) installed in Mobile FeliCa smartcard equipped handsets. A new Vodafone live! FeliCa menu will be added to the Vodafone live! mobile internet menu list so customers can easily search for and download IC applis. The service will also feature enhancements only possible with mobile handsets, such as transaction histories for various services and point balance checking, as well as online recharges and support for a variety of procedures done over the network. Vodafone live! FeliCa is an easy-to-understand service with security functions for when a handset is lost.
To coincide with the launch of Vodafone live! FeliCa, Vodafone K.K. has come to an agreement with NTT DoCoMo, Inc. to use the Mobile Wallet ("Osaifu-Keitai") brand and logo to promote and expand the mobile commerce market.
Together with the Vodafone 903T and Vodafone 803T 3G handsets by Toshiba announced on 7 September, Vodafone K.K. will have a total of 6 new handsets for the 2005 fall and winter season.
The main features of the handsets are as follows:
Vodafone 702NK II (Nokia 6680)
-Sleek candy bar style design with integrated front camera for convenient video calling
-Compact smartphone model full of features optimal for business users, document viewer for Word, Excel and other Office documents
-A Vodafone K.K. first! Integrated Mobile FeliCa smartcard to support 'Vodafone live! FeliCa'
-Compact and slim body of 47mm width for an easy fit in one's hand; 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.0-inch Mobile ASV LCD and other enriched functions
-'Leather touch design' for a sophisticated feel and sensation of high-quality leather
-Picture Voice for adding voice messages to photos, Chance Capture for conveniently capturing the right moment on video, and other convenient and fun functions