Jun 3, 2016

Toyota, KDDI team up to develop global platform for networking cars

Toyota Motor Corp. and KDDI Corp. will establish a global communications platform to promote the spread of connected cars in Japan and elsewhere, the companies said Thursday. The automaker plans to develop a uniform data communication module that can be used globally by 2019, ...

May 17, 2016

Japan government to press mobile carriers on prices as profits soar

The government plans to step up pressure on the country’s largest mobile-phone carriers to offer cheaper plans as surging profits show they have room to reduce costs for customers, an official at the communications ministry said. Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Sanae Takaichi ...

Mobile carriers stream to higher profits

May 13, 2016

Mobile carriers stream to higher profits

Japan’s top three mobile carriers NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp. posted higher operating profits in fiscal 2015, thanks in part to greater use of data streaming on smartphones. NTT Docomo saw operating profit rise 22.5 percent to ¥783 billion, the ...

Mar 24, 2016

KDDI backs professor-led team in Google moon rover contest

Telecommunications carrier KDDI Corp. will support the sole Japanese team taking part in the Google Lunar Xprize competition, a $30 million race to land a robotic rover on the moon. KDDI said Wednesday it had signed an official partnership deal with team Hakuto, led ...

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

| Feb 22, 2016

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

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The Japanese mobile phone industry recently came under fire from the government for using ambiguous price-setting schemes and excessive handset discounts that stole customers from rivals but penalized loyalty. This has prompted the three major carriers — NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank ...

Time to watch out for those kids

| Feb 20, 2016

Time to watch out for those kids

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Get ready to answer the cat phone Aimed at kids — or even adults who love all things kawaii (cute) — the Hello Kitty Figurine KT-01 smartphone, created by Japanese startup Ola, is just as the name suggests: a cute palm-sized figurine that flips ...

Jan 7, 2016

KDDI to introduce fixed-rate plan for international calls

Major telecommunications carrier KDDI Corp. said Thursday it will introduce a fixed-rate plan for international telephone calls in March. Under the plan, KDDI, which operates the “au” mobile service, will allow subscribers to make up to 50 international calls for up to 15 minutes ...

Government leans on mobile carriers to simplify pricing

Oct 20, 2015

Government leans on mobile carriers to simplify pricing

The government has said the pricing schemes used in mobile phone services lack transparency and fairness, with bills taking up a rising share of household budgets. Customers need more control over components of the plans, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday. His ...