Vodafone K.K. President Shiro Tsuda said Wednesday the Japanese unit of British mobile phone service company Vodafone Group PLC will encourage its customers to shift to 3G handsets for faster data communications. “Vodafone will offer its last 2G handset next year and no more 2G later,” Tsuda said in an interview with Kyodo News.
In the Japanese mobile market, Vodafone has lagged rivals NTT DoCoMo Inc. and KDDI Corp. in shifting to 3G handsets. Of some 15 million Vodafone customers, only about 300,000 are 3G handset users. Continue >>