Sun December 30, 2007

Softbank leap driven by White Plan

Softbank Mobile Corp.'s charging system, White Plan, contributes to the great increase in the total number of users of the company's cellphone services.

The plan has brought more than 10 million subscribers, making up around 60% of the total.

A subscriber to the plan pays ¥980 for the monthly fee. The fee allows the subscriber to make a toll-free domestic call to users of Softbank Mobile's services from 1 am to 9 pm in Japan. The called users will be charged nothing for the phone connection established.

If the connection is destined for a user registered as a family member of the White Plan subscriber with Softbank Mobile, the subscriber can make a toll-free domestic call to the user 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year in Japan.

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Sat December 29, 2007

Mobile-data-only startup relies on giant

Emobile Ltd., which started mobile data-only communications services in some metropolitan areas of Japan in March 2007, will provide roaming services dependent on NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s network from the spring of 2008 to October 2010.

The roaming services deals embrace both data and voice communications.

Emobile's users will be able to talk and access the Internet almost all over Japan on their handset available from the company.

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Fri December 28, 2007

Tie-in between DoCoMo and Google

NTT DoCoMo Inc. will reportedly have a tie-in with Google Inc. to make its i-mode services more attractive.

The two companies can seek some synergy to increase their revenue.

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Tue December 25, 2007

Mobile WiMAX (3)

The mobile WiMAX services that the KDDI camp has been licensed for is one of the next-generation wireless communications services operating in 2.5GHz spectrum in Japan. Around the 2.5GHz spectrum, four providers were vying for allocation of the two sectors.

The providers are the KDDI-, the NTT DoCoMo-, and the Softbank-led joint venture (JV) and Willcom. KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, and Softbank proposed the services scheme based on mobile WiMAX. Willcom did on next-generation PHS.

The KDDI-led JV, Wireless Broadband Planning, and Willcom have eventually got the license due to their advantage over the two others in terms of the financial ground, service coverage, technologies, and so on.

The next-generation wireless communications services will offer more mobility than public Wi-Fi services.

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Mon December 24, 2007

Mobile WiMAX (2)

The KDDI camp has been licensed for mobile WiMAX services by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

The services will be in commercial use in the summer of 2009.

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Sat December 22, 2007

On-the-fly is no excuse any more for missing a call

Road warriors may no longer be able to take a breather on a seat in an airplane cabin.

In an airplane you are prohibited from operating a cellphone handset.
Cellphone services, however, will possibly be available in the airplane cabins in the spring of 2009 in Japan.

Japanese domestic airline company Star Flyer Inc. is planning to provide services that the passengers can use for cellphone operation in its latest aircraft. The aircraft have fiber-optic cables installed rather than copper ones in order to control the wings, seat displays, and so on. Optical fibers are less sensitive to electromagnetic waves. Therefore, the electromagnetic waves emitted by the cellphone handsets seem to little affect instruments and gauges of the aircraft.

Star Flyer is demanding revision of the relevant laws.

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Fri December 21, 2007

DoCoMo to be the favorite for providing iPhone in Japan

According to the report by the Wall Street Journal, NTT DoCoMo is the most likely candidate for Apple ally about iPhone.

The alliance opportunity is also being sought by Softbank Mobile.

Apple, however, seems to consider DoCoMo more preferable.

posted by sam at 01:00:00 JST on Fri December 21, 2007 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(0) | mobile