NTT DoCoMo to Launch International Roaming Service for 3G FOMA Users
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced today that they will launch WORLD WING(TM), an international roaming service for DoCoMo 3G FOMA(R) handset users, on June 1, 2003.
WORLD WING service allows subscribers traveling abroad to make and receive calls from their regular FOMA phone numbers. To use the service, customers simply insert the UMI chip that comes with their FOMA handsets into any GSM handset having international roaming service capabilities. The chip, called a "FOMA card," is available in two types, green and blue. Only the green FOMA card is compatible with WORLD WING. Users with blue FOMA cards will receive a green chip free in exchange for their blue chip when applying for the service.
WORLD WING will be available in 53 countries and regions at the time of launch, and will be expanded at a later date to encompass 72 countries and regions. There will be no basic monthly charge for the service, and communications fees will vary depending on the country/region in which the service is being used.
The number of FOMA users has been rapidly increasing following the introduction of enhanced handsets and expansion of service areas. DoCoMo expects the launch of WORLD WING to further stimulate demand for FOMA.