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MontaVista takes seat in LiMo

Mobile Linux movement, the LiMo Foundation, won yet more support on Thursday as OS developer MontaVista joined the group. A handful of telecom powerhouses banded together in January to form the mobile Linux collective. Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile, Samsung and Vodafone were the founding members. A not for profit organisation, the foundation […]

DoCoMo feeling the pinch

Leading Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo said Friday that net profit for the three months to the of June dropped 24.9 per cent year on year to Y122.8bn ($1bn) due to intense competition and ARPU losses. The introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) and aggressive tariffs from KDDI and Softbank have put the squeeze on DoCoMo, […]

DoCoMo trials “Super 3G”

Japan’s number one mobile operator NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is to beginning testing an experimental “super” 3G system. The carrier hopes to achieve a downlink transmission rate of 300Mbps. This compares with current HSDPA deployments now at between 1.8 Mbps and 14.4Mbps. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is currently discussing standardization of […]

DoCoMo and Casio share the credit

Japan’s number one operator NTT DoCoMo has announced a joint venture with compatriot electronics giant Casio Computer. The firms are teaming up to provice digital payments systems, mainly for the mobile carrier’s iD mobile credit card platform. The JV, CXD NEXT, will be officially launched this Monday and will begin providing services on September 1st […]

No i-mode for India

No real surprises here, but with Vodafone’s $11bn acquisition of Hutchison Essar in the bag, NTT DoCoMo has pulled the plug on its i-mode plans for India. Japanese operator DoCoMo and Hutch had signed a contract in December with an eye to launching i-mode in India this year. But “due to the changes in business […]

DoCoMo pitches Wii-like handset controls

Japan’s biggest mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, unveiled a handful of new 3G handsets on Monday, including one with motion sensitive controls. Stealing an idea from Nintendo’s latest gaming console, the Wii, one of the 904i portfolio models will support ‘Chokkan Games’, which are played using intuitive motion, such as tracing a finger, tilting or waiving […]

DoCoMo, McDonald’s lovin’ it

Japanese consumers will soon be able to pay for their Big Mac and fries with their mobile phone. Leading Japanese mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, struck a deal with MacDonald’s Japan on Monday that will see the establishment of a joint venture company to plan and manage e-marketing promotions to McDonald’s newly planned membership club. The […]

Linux proponents rev up LiMo Foundation

A handful of telecom powerhouses banded together on Friday for the official launch of mobile Linux collective, the LiMo Foundation. Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile, Samsung and Vodafone intend to collaborate on a Linux-based software platform for mobile devices. A not for profit organisation, the foundation is aimed at blending the community-based development benefits […]

Touchscreens all the rage

Apple’s iPhone may be the world’s most talked about handset at present, but one of its most prominent features – the touchscreen – is far from unique. In fact, touchscreens seem to be all the rage these days. On Tuesday, Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo, unveiled its own touchscreen device, the D800iDS, which with its white […]

DoCoMo under domestic pressure

Leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo is feeling the heat from mobile number portability and increased competition after signing up the smallest number of subscribers over the month of December. In terms of net additions, DoCoMo was beaten flat out by second placed KDDI, which signed up 297,500 customers in December. Even the country’s smallest […]

i-mode comes to India

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo today announced a partnership with Indian operator Hutchison Essar under which Hutch will launch the i-mode mobile internet service in 2007. DoCoMo will license the patented technologies and know-how needed for Hutch to offer i-mode over GSM, GPRS and WCDMA, providing access to rich content including email and games. Friday’s announcement […]

DoCoMo steps up Super 3G plans

Japan’s first placed mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, said Tuesday that it has selected local vendors NEC and Fujitsu to deliver prototype and commercial equipment for the deployment of Super 3G. Super 3G is DoCoMo’s own proposal for the evolution of 3G and has been submitted to the 3GPP working group for consideration as part of […]

DoCoMo phone uses facial recognition

Leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo will this week introduce the first in a portfolio of devices that are serious about security. The P903i 3G FOMA phone, which is manufactured by Panasonic and becomes available on Wednesday, is accompanied by a small, flat black card, which acts as a proximity security token. If the handset […]

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