Apple a decade behind Japan's mobile payment curve

Sep 14, 2014

Apple a decade behind Japan's mobile payment curve

Apple Inc.’s proud announcement that its new iPhone could be used to buy goods in a single swipe left customers nonplussed in Japan, where mobile payments have been normal fare for a decade. A type of Near Field Communication chip, known in Japan as ...

Jul 29, 2014

Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company’s ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS. The South Korean company had planned to start selling the ...

May 28, 2014

Docomo set to begin selling iPad next month

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT Docomo Inc. said Wednesday it will start selling Apple’s popular iPad starting in June. Docomo, which has the largest share of subscriptions in the domestic market, is the last major carrier to become an iPad provider in Japan, as KDDI Corp. and SoftBank ...

May 26, 2014

1.2 million sign up for new Docomo plans

NTT Docomo Inc. said Monday it has received 1.2 million applications for new monthly fee plans that take effect at the beginning of June. A Docomo official said the new plans have been more popular than expected. “More than 60 percent of the applicants ...

May 21, 2014

Run on phone devices for fans of exercise

Health-conscious consumers are snapping up smartphone accessories that record data such as their weight, to help with diet and exercise planning. In February, for example, SoftBank Mobile Corp. launched a set of bathroom scales with a data interface. Users stand on it and their ...

Mar 7, 2014

Docomo's earnings may be derailed by price wars

NTT Docomo Inc., the nation’s largest wireless operator, said a price war with other carriers and discounts on the latest iPhones may threaten its full-year forecast after adding the Apple Inc. devices to lure customers. Curbing subsidies on mobile phones will give competitors an ...

Feb 10, 2014

NTT may be allowed to discount combined services

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry will consider a proposal to let the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. group offer discount services for bundling mobile and fiber-optic or fixed-line services, government sources said Monday. While rival carriers KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Mobile Corp. are ...

Jan 31, 2014

Docomo starts to reap benefits from iPhone

by Kazuaki Nagata

NTT Docomo Inc. has strengthened its competitiveness since it began selling popular Apple iPhones in September, President Kaoru Kato said Friday. “We are starting to see iPhones’ impact on our numbers,” Kato said at a news conference in Tokyo where Docomo, which has the ...

Oct 28, 2013

NTT Com to buy cloud-computing provider Virtela

NTT Communications Corp. plans to acquire Virtela Technology Services Inc., a U.S. provider of cloud computing services, to improve its ability to offer online access to software and data storage for clients globally, sources said Monday. The NTT Corp. unit is also looking to ...