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DoCoMo working on fuel cells for its phones

Jul 14 2006 - 05:42 PM ET | Backpage, DoCoMo
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo is working on a fuel cell to power mobile phones in the near future. The company has teamed up with Aquafairy to create a micro polymer electrolyte fuel cell. The end product is less than 25%...

HTC and NTT DoCoMo announce Z smartphone

Jul 13 2006 - 11:33 AM ET | DoCoMo, Smartphone
NTT DoCoMo jointly developed a new smartphone with HTC which is set to debut later this month. The hTc Z is a Windows Mobile smartphone and will be one of the first devices marketed under the HTC brand (previously the...

Motorola, Samsung and others form mobile Linux platform

Jun 15 2006 - 07:12 AM ET | DoCoMo, Motorola, Panasonic, Samsung, Vodafone
A collection of mobile industry players have announced a foundation to create an open source Linux-based platform for mobile phones. Founding members include: Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone. While Linux is not new to...

NTT DoCoMo to integrate GSM into all handsets

May 22 2006 - 06:18 PM ET | Backpage, DoCoMo
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has announced plans to put GSM technology into all future handsets. While the company uses 3G networks exclusively at home, building in GSM support will allow enhanced roaming support. Currently users are limited to roaming in...

NTT DoCoMo 4G test hits 1Gbps

Jun 23 2005 - 02:16 AM ET | Data, DoCoMo
Japan's NTT DoCoMo is busy testing 4G wireless technology (we're still using 2G here in the US) and has achieved a milestone, a 1Gbps data download speed while moving at 20km/h. 1Gbps while moving is a new record. The same...

NTT DoCoMo to ship phone with WiFi

Jun 01 2005 - 03:05 PM ET | DoCoMo
While US carriers are still leary of WiFi, Japan's NTT DoCoMo is going ahead with plans for a WiFi equipped phone capable of VoIP. bq. The new service, expected to begin next year, will allow subscribers to Japan's largest mobile...

NTT DoCoMo starts US VC fund

May 09 2005 - 08:40 PM ET | DoCoMo
Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo has started a $100 million US-based venture capital fund. Through DoCoMo Capital, NTT DoCoMo intends to shorten development time, lower its research and development costs and expand its opportunities for developing mobile services and technologies....

Motorola M1000 ships on DoCoMo

Apr 14 2005 - 02:49 PM ET | DoCoMo, Motorola
The Motorola M1000 has begun shipping on NTT DoCoMo. We noted earlier this year that the FCC had approved the M1000 for use in the US (it's both 3G and GSM). It's also the first Motorola handset for DoCoMo. Features...

Motorola M1000 info posted by FCC

Feb 16 2005 - 02:53 AM ET | 3G, DoCoMo, Motorola, Rumor
The FCC posted approval documents on Tuesday for the Motorola M1000. The M1000 appears to be Motorola's first handset for NTT DoCoMo--it was announced back in August 2004 that Motorola would make handsets for DoCoMo. Besides working on DoCoMo's FOMA...

NTT DoCoMo demos phone with flat panel speaker

Jan 07 2005 - 01:33 AM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoComo today announced the world's first mobile phone with a flat panel speaker. The LCD display on DoCoMo's mova N506iS also serves as a speaker: bq. The flat panel speaker emits sound by sending vibrations throughout the entire display...

DoCoMo has 1Gbps link

Dec 17 2004 - 11:58 AM ET | Data, DoCoMo
The future of wireless looks to be a showdown in wireless 1Gbps (1 gigabit per second) technology--just weeks after Siemens announced it was working on technology to transmit 1Gbps wirelessly, NTT DoCoMo announces the same thing. The last time DoCoMo...

DoCoMo: 2G gone by 2012

Nov 26 2004 - 04:07 PM ET | 3G, DoCoMo
Briefly--NTT DoCoMo today announced that it will stop operation of its second generation cellular network in 2012. Currently 80% or 40 million DoCoMo customers are on the 2G network. While the company offers a host of 3G handsets [see archive],...

SH901iC announced by NTT DoCoMo

Nov 17 2004 - 03:45 PM ET | 3G, DoCoMo, Security
NTT DoCoMo has announced the SH901iC, one phone from the upcoming 901i Series. The 901i series is marked by 3D surround sound, i-appli games and FeliCa smart-card technology. The SH901iC is well equipped: * 2.2" CGS screen with 260K colors...

N900iL released by NTT DoCoMo

Nov 15 2004 - 01:31 AM ET | 3G, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo today announced availability of the NEC N900iL, a dual-mode 3G/WiFi mobile phone. According to the company: bq. The N900iL is specifically designed to support DoCoMo's exclusive PASSAGE DUPLE system for dual-network operation as both a standard FOMA phone...

DoCoMo announces fuel cell charger

Sep 30 2004 - 11:56 AM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo today announced a revolutionary new fuel cell charger for its FOMA series of 3G phones. It's still in the testing phase, but is expected to greatly increase the possible usage time of FOMA mobile phones. bq. The micro...

DoCoMo and Cingular to partner

Sep 23 2004 - 01:03 AM ET | 3G, Cingular, DoCoMo, Rumor
Reuters is reporting by way of Nihon Keizai that Japan based NTT DoCoMo will enter into a partnership with US based Cingular Wireless. The pact will help unify 3G cellphone technology. bq. The tie-up, under which DoCoMo and Cingular will...

Report: DoCoMo looks to Motorola for phones

Aug 22 2004 - 10:27 PM ET | DoCoMo, Motorola
A Dow Jones News Wire report [subscription] reveals details of a NTT DoCoMo plan to have Motorola begin making 3G handsets. Nothing has been settled yet, but a deal could be announced as soon as the end of the month....

FOMA Raku Raku phone released by DoComo

Jul 28 2004 - 02:44 AM ET | 3G, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo today announced the release of the FOMA Raku Raku. It's a lower-end 3G camera phone capable of making video calls. Here are the specs: * .3 megapixel camera * 2.4-inch 65K color QVGA LCD * Read Aloud function...

DoCoMo intros SO506iC smart-card handset

Jul 21 2004 - 02:22 AM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has announced that it will market its third smart-card powered handset--the SO506iC. The company just last week announced the SH506iC , its second smart-card phone. Here's a look at the features: * Automatic display snap to a full...

SH506iC i-mode Smart-Card handset

Jul 14 2004 - 02:23 AM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo today announced that it will market the SH506iC, its second FeliCa mobile wallet compatible handset. The technology has seen several high profile media reports lately. For those not familiar: bq. DoCoMo's revolutionary new service and smart-card handsets may...

NEC FOMA N900iL announced

Jul 13 2004 - 12:45 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has announced its newest FOMA compatible handset, the NEC N900iL. Besides the features of all 900i handsets, the N900iL has WiFi. bq. Under the PASSAGE DUPLE system, the N900iL may be used as a standard FOMA handset, as...

DoComo intros D900i

Jun 21 2004 - 03:58 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has today introduced another FOMA 900i series mobile phone. The D900i is loaded with the standard 900i series goodies (Flash browser, video phone, HTML email and more), but also adds a few more features: * 1.92 mega-pixel digital...

DoCoMo launches three FOMA 900i series

Jun 17 2004 - 12:33 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo announced the release of three quite advanced FOMA 900i series mobile phones. F900iT * Bluetooth (and included headset) * Touch-screen * MiniSD N900iS * On-screen dictionaries (Japanese, English-Japanese and Japanese-English) * Pre-recorded voice that can read e-mail aloud...

4G test results announced

Jun 01 2004 - 02:50 AM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo announced results from a recent test of 4G. It looks even better than first thought (promised to be links of up to 100 megabits per second): bq. The company said that the test achieved a maximum downstream data...

NTT DoCoMo announces new FOMA 900i series phones

Jun 01 2004 - 02:24 AM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has announced three new FOMA 900i series mobile phones. The company also noted that it has surpassed 4 million FOMA subscribers. The new phones are: F900iT The F900iT comes with a wireless Bluetooth headset for hands-free conversations. When...

DoCoMo sells H3G UK holdings

May 27 2004 - 01:28 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo announced today that it has sold all of its 20% stake in Hutchison 3G UK. The sale was to Hutchison Whampoa Limited, and was worth about $218 million. Hutchison has been taking a beating due to its fledgling...

NTT DoCoMo announces 2 mova 506i Series phones

May 17 2004 - 02:42 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo today announced two new mova 506i Series phones: the D506i and the F506i. The 2G i-mode compatible handsets will start shipping on Wednesday May 19, 2004. D506i * Voice-activated camera shutter * Multifunctional side button to activate the...

Sony Ericsson announces smallest internet ready phone

May 11 2004 - 03:34 AM ET | DoCoMo, Sony Ericsson, Staff Picks
Sony Ericsson and NTT DoCoMo have announced the world's smallest internet-capable cell phone. It's just 9.0 cm (3.6 inches) long, 3.9 cm wide and 1.9 cm thick. It weighs in at 69 grams (2.42 ounces). Due to the size, it...

NTT DoCoMo profits triple to $5.9 billion

May 07 2004 - 01:01 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo's quarterly profits are up almost three times. After taxes, the company made 650 billion yen (5.9 billion dollars). However it warned that next year it expects to make less due to lower service prices....

NTT DoCoMo announces mova 506i i-mode phone series

Apr 27 2004 - 02:46 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo announced a new series of mobile phones that each feature megapixel plus cameras. The mova 506i i-mode series is made up of 3 different 2G phones. Each phone in the 506i series has: * Camera with an effective...

DoCoMo researching mobile phones that use senses

Apr 03 2004 - 10:01 PM ET | DoCoMo
AFP has an article about scientists at NTT DoCoMo working on mapping your senses into your mobile phone. bq. Speaking without using vocal cords, knowing which direction a telephone call comes from, or even communicating with the five senses are...

DoCoMo's FOMA tops 3 million subscribers

Mar 31 2004 - 07:58 PM ET | Data, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service has passed the 3 million subscribers mark. With a fixed-rate unlimited data plan coming soon, it's likely that this number will grow even fast than its already blistering pace. Two months ago the total was 2...

NTT DoCoMo ships SH900i, fourth 900i phone

Mar 18 2004 - 02:38 PM ET | 3G, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo will start shipping the SH900i on March 20th 2004. It's the fourth 3G FOMA 900i series. Like the others in the series, the SH900i is jam-packed with features: * Macromedia Flash equipped browser * HTML e-mail * Avatar-capable...

Report: NTT DoCoMo to offer fixed rate unlimited data

Mar 16 2004 - 10:18 PM ET | Data, DoCoMo
Reuters is reporting that Japan's NTT DoCoMo will introduce a flat-rate unlimited data plan aimed to compete with rival KDDI Corp. bq. "The rate will be set at 3,900 yen ($35.84) a month and will be available starting in June...

DoCoMo suspends sale of F900i over bug

Mar 04 2004 - 01:13 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has suspended the sale of its F900i handset until it can fix a bug dealing with, "automatically receiving incoming e-mail under certain circumstances." The F900i was shipped in early February. Owners of the phone will be able to...

A look at 4G: 100 megabit downlinks

Mar 03 2004 - 10:51 AM ET | Data, DoCoMo
CBS Marketwatch reports on NTT DoCoMo's research on "4G" technology. The company spends over a billion dollars US each year on research and development. It's also very rare to get a glimpse inside the labs. bq. "It's all about speed....

DoCoMo mulling Cingular alliance

Feb 27 2004 - 09:46 AM ET | DoCoMo
Dow Jones says NTT DoCoMo is still weighing its options on what to do with Cingular. DoCoMo has a large stake of AT&T Wireless, and may become a holder in the post AT&T Wireless Cingular....

Exclusive: AT&T Wireless buyout summary

Feb 11 2004 - 11:32 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, DoCoMo, T-Mobile, Vodafone
Update: AT&T Wireless has been bought by Cingular for $41 billion. By this Friday, all offers for AT&T Wireless must be made. There have been a ton of reports on who's doing what, so we've compiled the best from the...

NTT DoCoMo ships a FOMA 900i series phone

Feb 03 2004 - 05:27 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo let us know they will begin to ship the first phone from the FOMA 900i series at the end of the week. We reported on the series back in December 2003. The F900i is made by Fujitsu and...

NTT DoCoMo surpasses 2M 3G subscribers

Jan 29 2004 - 02:28 PM ET | 3G, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has announced that it has passed the 2 million customer mark for its 3G services. It has been two years and four months since the service launched. The company was hoping to reach this milestone in two more...

Report: AT&T Wireless sale reaches critical mass

Jan 23 2004 - 06:57 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, DoCoMo, Nextel, Rumor, T-Mobile, Vodafone
Nearly every news outlet is reporting at least something about AT&T Wireless being on the market. To sum things up, we've compiled pieces from all of the reports we have heard thus far. nearly everyone but Verizon Wireless is interested....

NTT DoCoMo to launch "disaster board"

Jan 09 2004 - 12:07 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo announced that it is creating a mobile message board for announcements of disasters (Earthquakes and such). i-mode users will be able to use the message boards and glean information in a timely manner during disasters, times where voice...

DoCoMo intros FOMA 900i, 3G power phones

Dec 18 2003 - 01:30 PM ET | 3G, DoCoMo, Panasonic
NTT DoCoMo has announced its latest offering, the FOMA 900i series. The entire series is shipping with a Macromedia Flash browser, a first for 3G handsets. Expect to see them early next year. The notables in the 5-phone series are:...

DoCoMo announces e-wallet trial

Dec 15 2003 - 01:17 AM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has announced that its today launching a trial of an e-wallet technology dubbed "i-mode FeliCa preview service." bq. "The phones will be used for public transport tolls, electronic money, personal identification and other trial services between December 17,...

DoCoMo tests 3G/W-LAN phone

Dec 07 2003 - 12:58 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo announced that it is testing a mobile phone that works on both 3G and W-LAN networks. bq. "With the new handset, users will be able to access the W-LAN increasingly available in cafes and office buildings ...

DoCoMo to sell Linux powered 3G phones

Dec 02 2003 - 07:38 AM ET | DoCoMo, Rumor
NTT DoCoMo is rumored to be working on a line of Linux powered 3G phones. The phones are expected to be here as early as Q3 2004. Although details are still sketchy, NEC looks to be a possible supplier....

DoCoMo turns to Intel for new chip

Nov 15 2003 - 04:04 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has contracted with Intel to build chips for its next-generation phones. the chips will, "Allow users to enjoy audio and data communications and image processing at once." As phones have gotten more complex, the chips that power them...

DoCoMo intros 2 megapixel phone

Oct 23 2003 - 08:34 AM ET | Camera, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has introduced the Move 505iS Series, one of which include impressive 2 megapixel cameras. The phones are 2G, but all have removable memory storage for transferring/storing pictures. The S5050IS is the most impressive of the bunch: * weight...

NTT DoCoMo to make mobile antivirus engine

Oct 20 2003 - 07:29 PM ET | DoCoMo, In The News, Staff Picks
Japanese mega-carrier NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is partnering up with Network Associates to develop an antivirus engine for mobile phones. Network Associates is the company behind McAfee, which is a popular antivirus solution for PC's. The target date...

Lucent, AT&T Wireless test 3G in Miami

Oct 13 2003 - 02:44 PM ET | 3G, AT&T Wireless, DoCoMo
Lucent and AT&T Wireless have announced they are testing a next-generation W-CDMA (commonly known as 3G) wireless network in Miami, Florida. You may remember that back in August we mentioned AT&T Wireless had bought 3G gear. Japanese wireless mega-carrier NTT...

DoCoMo to launch mova F672i

Sep 02 2003 - 03:33 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo announced that it is going to begin selling the mova F672i on September 5th. The new phone is supposed to be "easy-to-use", but it still packs in some interesting features like a pedometer and voice output. Here are...

14 megabits in your ear

Aug 25 2003 - 05:07 PM ET | 3G, DoCoMo
DoCoMo is working on perfecting a new-and-improved 3G technology that will boost speeds to an impressive 14 megabits. This is a 30-fold increase over today's 3G's handsets. It won't get here for a while though, DoCoMo is looking at 2005...

DoCoMo to introduce slimmest handset in 505i series

Aug 06 2003 - 11:33 AM ET | Camera, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo announced today that it will start marketing the P505i on August 8. At a scant 19.9 mm closed, the new clamshell model is the slimmest in the 505i series. Even though its thin doesn't mean it lacks features:...

Platinum cell phones

Jul 30 2003 - 11:42 AM ET | DoCoMo, Unique
Cell phones containing platinum are likely to hit the market next year after an announcement by DoCoMo that it will start shipping 3G phones that use fuel cells instead of batteries. Fuel cells require platinum as a major component to...

AT&T Wireless gears up for 3G launch

Jul 23 2003 - 04:37 PM ET | 3G, DoCoMo
AT&T Wireless has ordered the tech needed to meet investor NTT DoCoMo's deadline for it to launch a next-generation cell phone network in the United States according to C|Net. If the network isn't up in at least 4 US cities...

Wristomo Reviewed

Jul 11 2003 - 10:09 AM ET | DoCoMo
Remember the NTT DoCoMo Wristomo? It's a fully functioning cell phone that doubles as a wrist watch (it can pop off and turn into a pretty normal looking device). It sold out in a few days and was the talk...

DoCoMo Fights "mospammers"

Jul 10 2003 - 01:37 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is installing more anti-spam software to combat the bulk email being sent on its i-mode network. Amazingly enough, the spam that was getting through its old measures was being sent from mobile phones! Those filters relied on users...

DoCoMo's New Surround Sound Phone

Jul 02 2003 - 07:13 PM ET | Camera, DoCoMo, Staff Picks
DoCoMo is so far ahead of everyone else it is almost sick. Their latest offering is the Mova N505i (related to the Mova SH505i we mentioned back in June) which boasts a dual speaker system with surround sound capability. If...

DoCoMo To Market New Megapixel Phone

Jun 18 2003 - 08:34 PM ET | Camera, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo announced today that it will start to market the new Mova SH505i camera phone on June 20th. The phone boasts an impressive resolution of 1.0 megapixels which puts it in the small group of camera phones that take...

Camera Phones in the Wall Street Journal

Jun 17 2003 - 10:36 PM ET | Camera, DoCoMo, In The News
In today's Wall Street Journal (sorry about the late post, it's been a long day at MobileTracker HQ), there is an article on megapixel camera phones. It's on the front page of the Marketplace section, and features a large photo...

Longer Lasting 3G

Jun 16 2003 - 02:06 PM ET | 3G, DoCoMo
3G phones have super-fast data and super-low battery life. DoCoMo says they figured out how to extend battery life without compromising features. The new phones which are made by Fujitsu and NEC, will run for 200 - 240 hours. That...

DoCoMo Starts Online Payments

Jun 04 2003 - 03:02 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is showing once again why it's an innovator. On June 26th, they will start a trial that allows subscribers to shop at on online portal and have items charged to their mobile phone bill. Sounds pretty hip... Hopefully...

DoCoMo 4G Trial

May 28 2003 - 04:19 PM ET | DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has plans for a test run of a fourth-generation (4G) mobile communications system in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, where a DoCoMo R&D center is located. This is pretty amazing considering the rest of the world is still lusting at...

DoCoMo To Offer Overseas Roaming For 3G Users

May 19 2003 - 03:00 PM ET | DoCoMo, In The News
For our Japanese readers this is a big deal--you'll be able to rent a GSM phone directly from NTT DoCoMo to take across the world. Consumers can pop in their own SIM card so nothing really changes except the phone/mode....

DoCoMo To Launch GPS Phones

Apr 16 2003 - 09:39 PM ET | DoCoMo, Unique
NTT DoCoMo will launch its first GPS savvy handset dubbed the F661i on the 22nd of this month according to a release sent out earlier today. "The new, easy-to-operate mobile phone features a one-touch GPS button that lets users quickly...

DoCoMo's New Flash Enabled Phone

Apr 08 2003 - 10:57 AM ET | Camera, DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo has announced details on its latest phone, the D505i. The phone (pictured at right) boasts a very impressive feature set: Macromedia Flash browser for rich content, 200K Scratchpad (double the previous amount) and a megapixel camera. The Flash...

Megapixel Camera Phones As Promised

Apr 08 2003 - 10:34 AM ET | Camera, DoCoMo
We broke the story last week, and as promised details about megapixel camera phones from DoCoMo came out today. Within the next 3 months, the company will launch 3 handsets with at least 1 megapixel in resolution. Since the resolution...

GPS Phone From DoCoMo

Mar 28 2003 - 12:18 AM ET | DoCoMo
Another announcement from DoCoMo--a new GPS enabled phone dubbed the F661i. bq. "The easy-to-use GPS mobile phone enables users to determine their location at the mere touch of a button, and download maps and information about the area." It should...

New DoCoMo Wrist Phone

Mar 27 2003 - 12:20 AM ET | DoCoMo, Unique
NTT DoCoMo announced that it's going to start marketing a new wristwatch style phone dubbed "WRISTOMO". The concept is neat--it's a water proof watch that opens up into a phone. The only obvious downside is that you have to put...