Monday, February 23, 2009

Roaming - Korean numbers for Japanese roamers

NTT DOCOMO to Issue South Korean Numbers for Roaming Customers

NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that beginning March 2 it will issue South Korean mobile phone numbers to Japan-based customers who subscribe to the company's international roaming service, thereby enabling them to realize savings of up to 60% on calls placed while roaming in South Korea. Customers will also retain the DOCOMO numbers that they use in Japan.

The new Local Number Roaming service allows customers to obtain mobile phone numbers via DOCOMO's partner KT Freetel Co., Ltd. (KTF). By manually selecting KTF's network after starting up their phones once inside the country, they will be able to place voice and video calls for lower charges compared to using WORLD WING, DOCOMO's conventional international roaming service. In addition, there will be no charge to receive calls from any location, domestic or international.

Local Number Roaming is a result of collaborative initiatives developed by DOCOMO and KTF's joint Business and Technology Cooperation Committee.

Also announced today, KTF customers will be able to obtain Japanese mobile phone numbers through DOCOMO to take advantage of cheaper calling rates while traveling in Japan.

The one-time sign-up fee for Local Number Roaming is 1,050 yen and the monthly subscription fee will be 300 yen. As a special introductory offer, the sign-up fee will be waived for people who begin using the service between March 2 and May 31. Applications will be accepted from March 2.

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