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NTT DoCoMo Mulling U.S. Presence

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Sep 7, 2009, 8:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Japan's NTT DoCoMo is seriously considering entering the U.S. market, according to those familiar with the company's plans. JapanToday reports that DoCoMo may attempt to gain a foothold in the U.S. by first launching as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), leasing capacity from either AT&T or T-Mobile USA. DoCoMo already has business relationships with both those companies. NTT DoCoMo would offer its high-end smartphones and i-mode mobile internet services. The launch may come as soon as next year.

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doomtroll

Sep 7, 2009, 11:33 AM

This could be VERY good news

NTT DoCoMo has always carried phones that have features nothing here in the US could match. I just hope the FCC doesn't make it difficult for them..
the FCC never makes things difficult Rolling Eyes
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doomtroll said:
NTT DoCoMo has always carried phones that have features nothing here in the US could match. I just hope the FCC doesn't make it difficult for them..


That's a good point. NTT's phones are friggin' ama...
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WiWavelength

Sep 8, 2009, 10:30 AM

Hey, DoCoMo, SK Telecom called for you...

...it said just one word, "Helio," and then hung up.

SK Telecom, a wireless carrier as cutting edge & resourceful as NTT DoCoMo, already tried the high end MVNO w/ Helio and essentially failed. DoCoMo will fare little better. And, for the phone boys already drooling over the prospect of Japanese handsets, those coveted DoCoMo handsets are irrelevant, as they are PDC 800/1500 &/or W-CDMA 2100+1900/1800/800 -- not even remotely compatible w/ North American spectrum (or technology, in the case of PDC).

AJ
muchdrama

Sep 7, 2009, 2:41 PM

Good luck, DoCoMo...

...you'll need it in this economy leasing spectrum from AT&T or Tmobile.
...DoCoMo can. If they fail, it should be the final signal any would-be MVNO would need.
 
 
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