NTT Docomo Inc. on Friday announced a new monthly fee plan for smartphones that costs ¥4,500 per person for subscriptions covering three family members.
The new plan, excluding tax, will debut in March and is ¥2,000 per person lower than its current scheme. It was achieved by limiting the amount of data communication that can be shared by family members to a maximum of 5 gigabytes. Fees will be lower for families with four members or more.
For families, NTT Docomo has been offering a monthly rate of ¥19,500, or ¥6,500 each for a family of three, allowing 15 gigabytes of data communication and phone calls for free if shorter than five minutes.
In exchange for curbing the upper limit on data, the monthly rate for the new plan will be ¥13,500. For long-time subscribers using the company’s plan for 10 years or more, additional discounts of between ¥600 and ¥800 will be offered.
On Friday, three major mobile operators — NTT Docomo, KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. — told the communications ministry they will launch a review their practice of setting high smartphone charges in exchange for excessive handset discounts starting next month.