Apr 6, 2016

Docomo, SoftBank ordered to end excessive smartphone discounts

The telecommunications ministry has instructed major mobile phone carriers NTT Docomo Inc. and SoftBank Corp. to stop selling smartphones effectively for free in defiance of guidelines aimed at ending excessive discounts. This is the first time that the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has ...

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 ...

Government panel urges carriers to cut mobile phone fees

Dec 16, 2015

Government panel urges carriers to cut mobile phone fees

A government advisory panel on Wednesday urged mobile phone carriers to offer cheaper price plans for users who do not surf the Web much, and to bring monthly fees to less than ¥5,000. Critics say the price plans of three major carriers are aimed ...

Oct 24, 2015

NTT Docomo expands family discounts to same-sex couples

Major mobile carrier NTT Docomo Inc. said Friday that it has expanded the scope of its family discounts to include same-sex couples. Same-sex couples with certificates issued by their municipalities recognizing the relationship as equivalent to marriage became newly eligible for family discounts on ...

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 ...

Apple puts two new iPhones on sale in Japan

Sep 25, 2015

Apple puts two new iPhones on sale in Japan

Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones went on sale in Japan on Friday, pitting the country’s three major mobile phone carriers against each other in a fierce competition to win new subscribers. The new models feature 3-D Touch technology that recognizes ...

Sep 9, 2015

NTT Docomo launches free trial of handwriting translation service

NTT Docomo Inc. said Wednesday it has started a free trial of a translation service that recognizes handwriting on smartphones and tablet computer displays. As part of the test, the service is available at information desks at the international terminal of Tokyo’s Haneda airport ...