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NTT DoCoMo plans to roll out dual network service, so 3G subscribers can assign the same number to both FOMA and PDC phones
June 19, 2002
TOKYO -- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced today that they will roll out a dual network service under which 3G service subscribers will be able to assign the same phone number both to FOMA and PDC (800 MHz) phones beginning July 1, 2002. Users of the FOMA network will thus be assured of nationwide access to mobile phone services, including , as well as nationwide use of a single phone number, thanks to the PDC (800Mhz) network's wider service area. What's more, the PDC phone can be placed under the FOMA service contract, so there is no duplication of monthly fees for owning a PDC as well as FOMA mobile phone. Users merely obtain a PDC phone and pay for communication charges, if any, each month. DoCoMo expects the service to encourage conventional PDC users to migrate to FOMA, especially since they can continue to use their PDC phones with the dual network service. The sign-up fee for the service, 1,000 yen, initially will be waved between July 1 and August 31. In addition, the monthly dual network subscription fee, 300 yen, will be reduced to 200 yen if the customer also signs up for voice mail service when making application. Users pay FOMA communication charges depending on their FOMA billing plan. PDC communication charges depend on their PDC billing plan, which is actually made part of the FOMA plan (please see attachment.) NTT DoCoMo Inc.
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