Wednesday, September 7, 2011

NTT Docomo Offers New LTE Billing Plans, GALAXY Tablets

NTT DOCOMO is introducing new billing plans for its Xi (read 'Crossy') LTE service beginning next month. The carrier will offer a flat-rate plan suited to heavy data users and a new two-tiered plan that allows moderate data users to pay as they go up to a set limit. Both plans will be available either with or without two-year contracts.

Specially discounted introductory rates will be offered for all plans. For example, the flat-rate data plan with a two-year contract, called the “Xi Two-Year Data Plan FLAT,�? will be available for 4,410 yen (including tax) per month through April 2012, compared to the regular rate of 5,985 yen thereafter.

Through September of next year, all downlinks will be offered at a max. 75 Mbps. From October 2012, downlink rates for users who exceed 7GB of data will be reduced to a max. 128 Kbps for the remainder of that month. Continued service at a max. 75 Mbps will be available, however, for an additional charge of 2,625 yen (including tax) per each additional 2GB of data.

In addition, NTT Docomo will begin selling its first two LTE tablets next month: the "docomo Tablet GALAXY Tab 10.1 LTE SC-01D" and the "docomo Tablet ARROWS Tab LTE F-01D". Both tablets feature large 10.1-inch displays and are powered by dual core CPUs running on Android 3.2.