NTT DoCoMo Subscribers Top 50 Million

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TOKYO, JAPAN, November 10, 2005 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced that subscribers to DoCoMo's mobile phone services exceeded 50 million today, about three years and 10 months after surpassing 40 million. DoCoMo subscribers refer to 2G mova®, 3G FOMA® and DoPa® Single Service customers.

In the first 10 years after DoCoMo began offering cellular services in 1979, subscribers grew at an average net rate of roughly 30,000 per year. From 1993, two years after DoCoMo launched its 2G mova service, the average annual net gain to the present time has been about four million subscribers. DoCoMo attributes this to reasons including the elimination of subscription deposits in 1993, the start of handset sales in 1994, the end of application fees in 1996 and increasingly affordable handsets along with steady improvements in the development of smaller, lighter models.

DoCoMo revolutionized the mobile market in February 1999 with the introduction of i-mode®, which transformed handsets from mere voice communication tools into mobile Internet devices.

In 2001, DoCoMo launched 3G FOMA services to offer high-speed, multimedia functionality. In July 2004, the company introduced "Osaifu-Keitai" mobile phones with wallet functions for convenient e-commerce applications.

Milestones in the growth of DoCoMo's total subscribers are as follows:

December 1979:Launch
February 1993:1 million
April 1996:5 million
February 1997:10 million
October 1997:15 million
August 1998:20 million
June 1999:25 million
April 2000:30 million
February 2001:35 million
January 2002:40 million
August 2003:45 million
November 2005:50 million

About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 50 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 45 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, North America and Asia, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific and Europe.
NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

i-mode, FOMA, mova and DoPa Single Service are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is only available to subscribers in Japan.

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