NTT DoCoMo to Expand 3G International Short Messaging Service

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TOKYO, JAPAN, February 1, 2005 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced today that they will offer an international SMS (short messaging service) that allows DoCoMo FOMA® 3G users to exchange short messages with customers of foreign operators.

All FOMA handsets except PC-card types and some early models will be able to receive SMS messages from overseas, while N900iG and 901i handsets will be able to both send and receive messages.

The new service will start nationwide from February 15, 2005 and cost the sender 50 yen per message of up to 160 alphanumeric characters.

The sender must first press 0 for more than 1 second until the + mark is displayed and then dial the country code and the receiver's cell phone number.

SMS users will be able to exchange messages with customers of the following operators.

Location Operator
  • Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS)
  • Total Access Communication Public Company Limited (DTAC)
  • Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd.
  • Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., Ltd.
  • Taiwan Cellular Corporation
  • PT Telekomunikasi Selular
  • PT Indonesian Satellite Corporation Tbk.
Hong Kong
  • Hutchison Telephone Company Limited
  • SmarTone Mobile Communications Limited
  • StarHub Mobile Pte Ltd.
  • MobileOne Ltd.
Note 1: SMS cannot be sent to 3G users of Hutchison (Hong Kong), SmarTone (Hong Kong) and StarHub (Singapore).
Note 2: In some cases messages cannot be exchanged due to conditions on the operator's side.

About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 49 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 43 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 and Europe.
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 only available to subscribers in Japan.

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