May 14, 2014

Docomo announces launch of LTE voice calls

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT Docomo Inc. announced Wednesday that it will launch the nation’s first high-quality voice call service using fast LTE networks in June, aiming to halt the decline in revenue from voice calls. With new fixed-price voice call plans set to start in June and ...

Docomo service keeps tabs on dogs

Feb 13, 2014

Docomo service keeps tabs on dogs

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT Docomo Inc. unveiled a new service for dogs Thursday that enables owners to monitor their pets’ health and location by smartphone. “We’d like pet owners to have more communication with their dogs through mobile technologies,” Koichi Takahara, Docomo’s director of M2M (machine-to-machine) business, ...

Japanese makers play catch-up in smartphone market

Dec 11, 2013

Japanese makers play catch-up in smartphone market

by Kazuaki Nagata

In 2013, Japan’s smartphone industry faced the shocking news that NEC Corp. and Panasonic Corp. were withdrawing from making those handsets for consumers. It wasn’t that long ago when these two makers held stable positions in the cellphone market, but the situation changed completely ...

Of smartphones sold in October, 76% were Apple

Nov 29, 2013

Of smartphones sold in October, 76% were Apple

Apple Inc. sold three of every four smartphones in Japan in October after the largest carrier, NTT Docomo Inc., began carrying the iPhone, according to a market researcher. Apple, which released new iPhone 5S and 5C models in September, won 76 percent of Japanese ...

NTT Docomo to start selling the iPad

Nov 20, 2013

NTT Docomo to start selling the iPad

NTT Docomo Inc. will start selling Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer soon, a senior official at the mobile phone carrier said Wednesday. The company will offer the product “in the not-too-distant future,” Senior Executive Vice President Kazuto Tsubouchi said. It will do so by ...

DoCoMo didn't get lift from iPhone

Oct 7, 2013

DoCoMo didn't get lift from iPhone

NTT DoCoMo Inc., the nation’s largest mobile phone carrier, said Monday it lost subscribers last month even after adding Apple Inc.’s iPhones to its lineup to regain market share lost to rivals Softbank Corp. and KDDI Corp. DoCoMo lost 66,800 net users in September, ...