May 14, 2014
DOCOMO to Launch Japan's First VoLTE Service
TOKYO, JAPAN, May 14, 2014 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, announced today that its extra-high speed XiTM (read "crossy") network will offer Japan's first LTE service for stable, high-quality voice and video calls using Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology, beginning late June.
Four smartphones and two tablets in DOCOMO's summer lineup will become compatible with the new service after a software update scheduled in or after late June.
The service will newly enable users to receive Area MailTM disaster-information notifications while making VoLTE voice/video calls. Also, users will be able to access up to 150 Mbps high-speed LTE data communication during VoLTE voice calls.
DOCOMO's new VoLTE service will require a subscription to Xi.
Existing Xi billing plans, packet flat-rate services, discounts and dialing charges will be applicable to VoLTE voice calls, including the new Kake-hodai & Pake-aeru billing plans for flat-rate voice and data, as well as data sharing with family members.
Packet communication charges for VoLTE video calls will be offered free of charge until September 2015, after which video calls will incur both voice and packet communication charges.
- Xi and Area Mail are trademarks of NTT DOCOMO, INC.
- Xi and Area Mail are only available to subscribers in Japan.
About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 63 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide 3G network and one of the world's first commercial LTE networks. Leveraging its unique capabilities as a mobile operator, DOCOMO is a leading developer of cutting-edge technologies for NFC mobile payments, mobile GPS, mobile TV, intuitive mobile assistance, environmental monitoring, smart grids and much more. Overseas, the company provides technical and operational expertise to eight mobile operators and other partner companies. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit https://www.docomo.ne.jp/english/ for more information.