|NTT DoCoMo to Introduce New Handset-Purchase Methods and Billing Plan|
|Friday, 26 October 2007|
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries (collectively "DoCoMo") announced today two new schemes, called the Value Course and Basic Course, that will package different billing plans and methods for purchasing handsets, beginning with FOMA™ 905i series models that DoCoMo plans to start selling on November 26, 2007.
The Value Course will offer a new billing plan, the Value Plan, under which basic monthly charges will be 1,680 yen (including tax) cheaper (before applying other discounts) than charges under DoCoMo's conventional billing plans. Under the new handset-purchase method, customers may spread out payments over 12 or 24 months if they prefer not to make one-time lump-sum payments for the purchase of their 905i series or other forthcoming handsets (excluding certain models).
DoCoMo also announced today the other new scheme, called Basic Course, under which customers will pay regular basic monthly charges, but will receive 15,750 yen (including tax) discounts on their new handsets provided they sign contracts with minimum terms of at least two years.
As a special introductory offer to either course, DoCoMo plans to launch a Winter Campaign beginning November 26, under which customers will receive an additional discount on their handset of 8,400 yen (tax included). The offer applies both to new customers and existing FOMA customers who purchase a new handset after having used a FOMA handset for at least 12 months.
Customers who sign up for the Value Course by the end of May 2008 will receive additional discounts of 2,100 yen (including tax) for up to three months. Customers who sign up in November also will receive an additional 70 yen discount for each remaining day in the month of November.
DoCoMo additionally announced that all FOMA subscribers who are members of the DoCoMo Premium Club will be offered insurance on lost or damaged handsets, including free delivery of replacement phones, for just 315 yen/month (normally 525 yen/month) if they sign up for the insurance within 14 days of purchasing their handset. Customers who sign up for the Value Course, however, will receive free insurance for up to three months, and if they sign up in November they will also receive a daily discount for each remaining day in November.
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