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DOCOMO to Lower Basic Monthly Charges for Flat-Rate Data Plans V.J. | , 11:10 p.m. Aug. 1, 2009 2009-08-01

NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it will revise downward the basic monthly charges for both of its flat-rate data plans, cutting the cost to 390 yen from 490 yen (both including tax) beginning August 1.

The reduced charges will encourage more customers to use Pake-hodai™ double (for i-mode™ browsing/mail) and Biz-hodai™ double (for non-i-mode browsing/e-mail via smartphones) to enjoy DOCOMO services such as BeeTV™ video streaming.

In addition to the basic monthly charge, both plans use a two-tiered pricing structure involving pay-as-you-go data charges for moderate packet usage up to a set limit, or a flat-rate data charge for unlimited packets beyond the set limit (see graphs).

There is no separate data charge for minimal packet usage in any given month, another attraction of both plans.

The maximum flat-rate data charges for the plans remain unchanged. DOCOMO previously lowered the basic monthly charges for both plans to 490 yen from 1,029 yen on May 1.

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