NTT DoCoMo to Market SO506iC i-mode Smart-Card Handset

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TOKYO, JAPAN, July 21, 2004 ---NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced today that they will market the mova® SO506iC, which is the third smart-card handset that is compatible with i-mode® FeliCa® service for mobile wallet applications. Sales will begin on July 23, 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. Smart-card handsets users will be able to enjoy these i-mode FeliCa services at locations such as airports, cinemas and convenience stores.

The SO506iC is available in four colors, and comes with a "Fit Cover" jacket. The user can select the desired "Fit Cover" from among eight different styles.

Features of the SO506iC include automatic display snap to a full 180 degrees by simplying nudging it sideways from the closed position, an Audio Player which allows users to listen to pre-saved music in Memory Stick Duo™ even while accessing i-mode or e-mail, as well as a Disk Jog dial that enables users to type or flip pages and activate the manner mode even while the handset is closed.

The SO506iC will go on sale at all DoCoMo sales channels. The price of the handset will be open (unfixed), and the battery pack will cost 2,100 yen. The standard accessory pack includes a 16MB Memory Stick Duo, an adapter and one Fit Cover. An optional AC adaptor will cost 945 yen, a desktop holder will cost 630 yen, and a Fit Cover 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 handset's main specifications.


Main Specifications of the SO506iC

Height x width x thickness
106 x 50 x 28 mm
Weight Approx. 140 grams
Continuous Stand-by Time Approx. 460 hours
Continuous Talk Time Approx. 140 minutes
Main LCD Approx. 2.3 inches (320 x 240 dots); 262,144 colors;
Sub LCD No sub-LCD
External Memory Device Memory Stick Duo
Camera Outer: CCD camera
Effective resolution: 1.3 mega pixels
Recorded resolution: 1.23 mega pixels

*No inner camera
Colors (attached Fit Cover) Vacance Rose (Chiffon Stream), Soil Black (Olive Ring), Airy Beige (Light Wave) or Tropical Turquoise (Blue Camouflage)
Fit Cover Chiffon Stream, Olive Ring, Light Wave, Blue Camouflage, Multi-stripe, Misty Splash, Gold Panther, Flower Flower

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.
Memory Stick Duo is a trademark of Sony Corporation.


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