May 21, 2015

Line said to prepare dual listing before Japan Post IPO

Line Corp., operator of Japan’s most popular mobile-messaging service, is preparing for a dual listing in Tokyo and New York before Japan Post Holdings Co.’s initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Tokyo-based company aims to sell shares around September ...

Vaio Phone to offer SIM-free option in 'wide open' market

Mar 12, 2015

Vaio Phone to offer SIM-free option in 'wide open' market

by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan Communications Inc. unveiled on Thursday a new smartphone designed in collaboration with Vaio Corp. to energize the market for SIM-free smartphones in Japan. The Vaio Phone will debut March 20, according to the Tokyo-based mobile virtual network operator that borrows mobile communication networks ...

Mobile industry tiptoes toward 5G

Mar 3, 2015

Mobile industry tiptoes toward 5G

Running short of dramatically new phone designs, leaders of the world’s wireless industry agree their next big idea is 5G, shorthand for the fifth generation of networks they expect to have up and running by 2020. But first they’ll have to decide what 5G ...

NTT Docomo bundles mobile and broadband, shaking up sector

| Feb 17, 2015

NTT Docomo bundles mobile and broadband, shaking up sector

NTT Docomo Inc. is set to launch a discount mobile phone price plan bundled with broadband communications that use the fiber-optic networks of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. group companies, in a move that’s expected to spur competition in the industry. The nation’s largest ...

Feb 12, 2015

NTT Docomo to hang up on expats in U.S. in 2016

NTT Docomo Inc. is set to terminate its mobile phone service for Japanese people in the United States next year in a move that would mark the effective withdrawal of Japan’s largest mobile carrier from the giant market. It would also highlight the urgent ...

Jan 1, 2015

Senators seek information on FBI phone tracking

Leaders of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday they were seeking answers from the Obama administration about federal law enforcement’s use of surveillance technology that sweeps up basic cellphone data. In a bipartisan letter to the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, Sens. ...

Oct 28, 2014

SIM locks on cellphones to be removed next summer

The communications ministry is getting ready to urge mobile carriers to remove subscriber identity module locks from mobile phones next summer, which would make it easier for consumers to change service providers, sources said. Customers will be able to change mobile carrier but keep ...