Sat May 31, 2008

FMC: at home and on the move (2)―N906iL (onefone): in fact two numbers used

NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s latest cellphone that works in the dual mode FOMA/home wireless LAN, N906iL (onefone), indeed has two numbers―one beginning with 090/080 and another beginning with 050.

The 090/080 prefix is for FOMA, or the cellphone operation inside and outside of home.

The 050 prefix is for the home wireless LAN, or the IP phone operation inside of home: you cannot use the number outside of home even in the coverage of a public Wi-Fi service.

(The 8-digit number preceded by 090/080 will probably be different from the one preceded by 050.)

To use the IP phone features on N906iL (onefone), you need to subscribe to the optional service “Home U” from DoCoMo that costs you ¥1,029 a month, install a wireless LAN router compliant with the service, and connect it to a broadband line, which will effectively be provided by NTT East Corp. or NTT West Corp. exclusively.

posted by sam at 00:01:46 JST on Sat May 31, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Thu May 29, 2008

FMC: at home and on the move (1)

NTT DoCoMo Inc. announced Tuesday that it will launch a cellphone that can connect to the home wireless LAN in June.

The cellphone handset “N906iL (onefone)” works in the dual mode FOMA/home wireless LAN.

However, it is out of public Wi-Fi service like what is delivered in McDonald's or somewhere outside of home.

posted by sam at 10:24:23 JST on Thu May 29, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Tue May 27, 2008

WILLCOM D4 debut is behind schedule

Willcom Inc. said on May 23 that it has decided to release its ballyhooed UMPC (Ultra-Mobile PC), WILLCOM D4, in mid-July.

The release will be one month behind the schedule that Willcom initially announced.

The company keeps suitably noncommittal the reason for the delayed release, uttering it is now at the finial stage of coordination with Sharp Corp., Microsoft Corp., and Intel Corp. in order to offer a higher-quality product to users.

posted by sam at 00:00:16 JST on Tue May 27, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Thu May 22, 2008

MNO urged to show standard wholesale price

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) on May 19 told the mobile operators to specify a standard wholesale model/price and establish a one-stop service system for MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators).

The mobile operators include NTT DoCoMo Inc., KDDI Corp., Softbank Mobile Corp., Willcom Inc., Emobile Ltd., and UQ Communications Inc.

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Fri May 16, 2008

Is Japan left out in the cold about iPhone?

One of the Apple Inc.'s innovations, iPhone, is expected to come on the market in Singapore, India, Australia, and the Philippines by the end of this year.

Apple has reached an agreement with Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) to launch iPhone in the Asia-Pacific countries listed above.

In the three countries other than Singapore, each of which is a market covered by the local subsidiary of SingTel, the subsidiaries will be committed to the iPhone operation.

Apple withholds a statement on the launch of iPhone in China and Japan for now.

posted by sam at 00:02:42 JST on Fri May 16, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Wed May 14, 2008

Car navigation system shows the latest gas prices

Pioneer Corp. put on sale a car navigation system, AVIC-T10, that is equipped with HSDPA (high speed downlink packet access) features on May 9.

The system connects to the dedicated network, gets information on traffic congestion, available parking lots, and the latest gas prices at the stations around the area where you are now driving, and displays it in real time.

The system is priced at around ¥70,000 and the network connection costs you ¥1,029 or ¥2,079 a month.

posted by sam at 02:12:03 JST on Wed May 14, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile

Tue May 13, 2008

PRADA keitai to hit store shelves

LG Electronics announced on May 8 that it will launch a cellphone handset “The PRADA Phone by LG” (L852i) in Japan next month.

The handset was jointly developed by LG and PRADA and is now available in 44 countries.

In Japan, it will work on NTT DoCoMo's network.

The handset price is expected to range from ¥90,000 and ¥100,000.

posted by sam at 00:00:00 JST on Tue May 13, 2008 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile