NTT DoCoMo Introduces Revolutionary Mobile Wallet Service with First P506iC i-mode Smart-Card Handset

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TOKYO, JAPAN, July 7, 2004 ---NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced today that they will launch the i-mode® FeliCa® Service for mobile wallet applications and market the company's first i-mode smart-card handset, the mova® P506iC, beginning on July 10, 2004.

DoCoMo's revolutionary new service and smart-card handsets may be used for a variety of unprecedented functions that were previously possible only with IC-equipped cards, including train travel, debit card (electronic money) and credit card-based withdrawals and transactions, and personal identification.

Ten companies will offer the i-mode FeliCa Service initially, allowing P506iC users to enjoy these new functions at locations including airports, cinemas and convenience stores.

The P506iC features a LCD display that can be rotated 360 degrees for use at various angles, including a wide-angle viewfinder/display at 90 degrees. Telephone calling, e-mailing and i-mode functions may also be performed while the phone is closed.

This handset is DoCoMo's first model to feature a strobe light for shooting in the dark, as well as flesh-tone color correction for naturally beautiful images. The handset also comes with a CCD camera with an effective resolution of 1.95 mega pixels, recorded resolution of 1.92 mega pixels, and a digital zoom (20x).

In addition, the P506iC includes a Photococktail™ function that allows users to combine audio with up to 10 still images at a time (taken with built-in camera) for editing and viewing as movie clips.

The handset will go on sale at all DoCoMo sales channels, and the price will be open (unfixed). The battery pack will cost 2,100 yen, and is included in the standard accessory pack. An optional AC adaptor will cost 2,205 yen, and a desktop holder will cost 630 yen. These prices (all of which include tax) are for the Kanto-Koshinetsu area, and may be changed in other locations by DoCoMo's eight regional subsidiaries.

Please see the attachment for the main specifications.


Main Specifications of the P506iC

Height x width x thickness (folded)
111 x 50 x 26 mm
Weight Approx. 128 grams
Continuous Stand-by Time Approx. 450 hours
Continuous Talk Time Approx. 125 minutes
Main LCD Approx. 2.4 inches (320 x 240 dots); 65,536 colors; QVGA; TFT
Sub LCD No sub-LCD
External Memory Device miniSD™ Memory Card
Camera Outer: CCD camera
Effective resolution: 1.95 mega pixels
Recorded resolution: 1.92 mega pixels
Colors Blue Margarita, Black Tornado, or Silver Martini

About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 48 million customers. The company offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode®, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 41 million subscribers as the world's most popular mobile internet service, and FOMA®, launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

i-mode and FOMA are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is available only to subscribers in Japan.
mova is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan.
FeliCa is a contactless IC chip technology developed by Sony Corporation.
FeliCa is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.
Photococktail is a trademark of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd.
mini SD is a trademark of SD Association.


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