Palm Computing K.K., the Japanese unit of personal digital assistant leader Palm Inc. of the United States, will join hands with NTT DoCoMo to offer wireless Internet access via PDA terminals from next spring, it was learned Monday.

Palm officials said the firm will begin marketing PDA terminals exclusively for Net access, as well as offer software that will enable users with traditional Palm PDAs to surf the Internet.

Palm will call on various firms, including media companies, to create sites for Palm PDAs, the officials said, adding that they hope a wide array of information would be made available, such as news, weather reports and maps.

Palm offers similar services in the U.S. for a minimum fee of $10 per month.

While the expected charge for the services in Japan has yet to be decided, officials said they hope the rate can be kept lower than that charged for Internet access via cellular telephones.

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