Sat March 14, 2009

NTT Com to launch service plan targeted for Shinkansen road worrier

NTT Communications (NTT Com) Corp. announced Thursday that it will add a new plan appealing to Shinkansen bullet train passengers to its Wi-Fi service HOT SPOT.

The plan HOT SPOT EXPRESS, which levies a flat rate of ¥819 a month, will allow you to connect to the Wi-Fi network on the “N700” Shinkansen railcar and at all of the seventeen Shinkansen stations between Osaka and Tokyo.

Outside of the coverage of the Wi-Fi network deployed in the railcar and station, you will need to pay extra charge of ¥315 a day to connect to the HOT SPOT service.

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Thu March 12, 2009

JCI to launch prepaid data communications service―FOMA and Wi-Fi

Japan Communications Inc. (JCI), Japan's MVNO giant, announced Tuesday that it will begin to provide a prepaid data communications service on March 23.

The service “Doccica” will allow you to connect to the Internet on your PC via NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s FOMA network, NTT Communications Corp.'s or Softbank Telecom Corp.'s Wi-Fi network, or the FREESPOT Wi-Fi network.

To use the service, you will need to first buy a Doccica-specific USB device at the price of ¥14,800.

The price includes a fee that lets you enjoy data communications for 500 minutes.

The communications fee is ¥10 a minute, whether you are put through the Net via FOMA or Wi-Fi.

The fee can be prepaid online per ¥1,000.

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Wed March 11, 2009

Shinkansen Wi-Fi to lift off on March 14

The Wi-Fi service on the Shinkansen bullet trains running between Osaka and Tokyo will be launched by the four providers on March 14.

The providers―NTT Communications Corp., NTT DoCoMo Inc., Softbank Telecom Corp., and UQ Communications Inc.―commit to the service on the “N700” Shinkansen railcar.

On the Shinkansen, the service users of the providers can connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi without extra charge.

The users need to get on a gadget such as a laptop PC, smartphone, or portable game console that complies with IEEE 802.11b/g standards to hook on the Wi-Fi service.

The service deployed on the N700 Shinkansen railcar will specifically be the ones offered under the brands below.

 Hot Spot (NTT Communications)
 Mzone, mopera U (NTT DoCoMo)
 BB mobilepoint (Softbank Telecom)
 UQ Wi-Fi (UQ Communications)

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Fri March 06, 2009

WILLCOM gets double-faced―MNO and MVNO

WILLCOM, Inc., Japan's PHS carrier giant, announced Wednesday that it will begin to provide its data communications service WILLCOM CORE 3G on March 9, which relies on NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s 3G cellphone network.

The service is dedicated to complementing the coverage hit by WILLCOM's next generation PHS service that is expected to commercially start in October 2009.

WILLCOM will provide its WILLCOM CORE 3G service only for businesses at the beginning.

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Thu March 05, 2009

Poster in station leads you to website

East Japan Marketing & Communications, Inc. began to display a poster in JR Shibuya station in Tokyo on Monday that leads the cellphone users to the mobile website.

On the poster is a tiny FeliCa chip embedded, to which the users hold their FeliCa-enabled cellphone handset (Osaifu Keitai [mobile wallet]) to get information on the advertiser that designed the poster.

The information will lead the users to the advertiser's mobile website.

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Sun March 01, 2009

BlackBerry Bold stumbles on overheat in Japan

NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced on February 27 that it has decided to suspend the sale of its smartphone docomo PRO series BlackBerry Bold.

The smartphone keyboard may overheat during charging.

DoCoMo began to ship the smartphone on February 20 and has sold about 4,000 units by February 26.

DoCoMo is investigating the cause of the overheating as of February 27.

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Sat February 28, 2009

Mobile WiMAX has taken off in Japan

UQ Communications Inc. began to conduct the trial offering of its Mobile WiMAX service UQ WiMAX on Thursday.

The trial service will continue until June 30, targeting at 5,000 monitors under the coverage of some 500 base stations installed in part of Kanto region: in 23 wards of Tokyo as well as Kawasaki City and Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The commercial service is expected to start on July 1 and cover more than 90% of the population in Japan by the end of 2012.

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