Thursday, May 11, 2006

NTT DoCoMo Release new FOMA Handsets -- Expanding Features/Services

NTT DoCoMo unveiled eight new FOMA "9 Series" handsets, all of which are preinstalled with "i-appli" software for DoCoMo's "DCMX" credit card. The series includes Japan's first HSDPA-compatible handset, the N902iX HIGH-SPEED, supporting downlinks at up to 3.6 Mbps, or 10 times faster than current FOMA handsets. All models in the 9 Series also have music players. Some other key features include:

  • "Data Security Service" -- which enables phonebooks to be stored on the DoCoMo network.

  • "Omakase Lock" -- which enables users who lost their phone to telephone a 24-hour call center to have the phone's smart card and personal data locked immediately.

  • Biometric Authentication -- which requires confirmation of the owner's fingerprint, facial or voice features prior to accessing most features of the phone.

  • "ANSHIN" manager application -- which enables corporate administrators to lock phones and delete/backup phonebooks remotely via computer.

  • "Chaku-moji" -- the caller's phone can transmit a 10-character message that displays on the receiver's screen as the phone rings (5 yen per message excluding tax).

  • The ability to transfer phone content to external memory

  • Chaku-Uta, i-motion, i-appli application data can be stored on a removable miniSD disk, as well as internal memory.

  • 3G roaming and compatibility with DoCoMo's WORLD WING service for international roaming via W-CDMA networks in 33 countries/regions.

  • Deco-mail Signature -- which enables graphics to be automatically inserted in e-mail signatures and subject lines.

  • Compatibility with 1.7GHz bandwidth

  • Compatibility with communication congestion control -- DoCoMo will control voice and packet communications separately to ensure that congestion on the packet network will not affect the voice network, and vice-versa (available this summer).

  • Remote control of A/V equipment -- the "9 Series" handsets can be used outside the home to program audio/video equipment, such as DVD recorders, for recording TV programs.

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