NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced today that Family Discount plan members will be able to share the unused portions of their monthly data and voice allowances for up to two months beginning on February 1, 2005. The Family Discount plan offers discounts on communication between registered family members.
The new benefit will apply to all 2G mova and 3G FOMA subscribers enrolled in the Family Discount plan, including those also using either the “FOMA Packet Pack” or “YU YU CALL” discount. The unused portion will be divided among Family Discount members in proportion to each family member’s usage in excess of the allowance.
Customers will be enrolled automatically, so application is not required. In February 2005, the first month, family members will be able to share their unused allowances from December 2004 and January 2005.
In September 2003, NTT DoCoMo introduced the “Nikagetsu Kurikoshi” two-month carry over plan, which allows any unused portion of a subscriber’s allowance for voice and data (i-mode mail and other packet transmissions) communications to be carried over for two months.
NTT DoCoMo is the first telecom operator in Japan to allow subscribers to both share and carry over the unused portion of their allowance.