The company also announced it will introduce a new flat rate for Xi in early October. Xi is based on the so-called Long Term Evolution mobile phone technology format, and DoCoMo is hoping to expand its user base, which stands at about 300,000.
Under the new rate plan, two-year subscribers can transfer up to 7 gigabytes of data every month for ¥5,985. Once that limit is reached, the transfer speed will be reduced for the remainder of the month, or users can pay an extra fee for every 2 gigabytes transferred at high speed.
NTT DoCoMo Inc. said it has been assured by Samsung Electronics Co. that it will be able to continue selling the Galaxy tablet in Japan amid a patent dispute with Apple Inc. "Samsung told us there won't be any problem for the sale" of the Galaxy devices, NTT President Ryuji Yamada said Friday.
The first session on the latest dispute took place Thursday in the Tokyo District Court, according to Samsung's Nam. Kyodo News reported that Apple wants ¥100 million in damages from the South Korean firm. Nam and Takashi Takebayashi, an Apple spokesman in Tokyo, both declined to comment on the suit. "The patent situation is different here from Europe," Yamada said. Samsung had about a 16 percent share of the global tablet market in the first quarter, trailing the iPad's 69 percent, according to Strategy Analytics. (The Japan Times)