KDDI announced it will add digital radio to its mobile-phone service as the company builds on attracting subscribers with its music download features. The service starts in early December, according to a release given at a press conference today. Users can listen to Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co.’s bilingual station live through their handsets, the statement said.
Japanese carriers are increasing their services to attract mobile-phone subscribers as a rule change last month allowed users to switch operators without altering their number. KDDI has gained market share by being first to offer full-song music downloads in the nation’s $75 billion mobile-phone market. Shares of KDDI rose 1.6 percent to 762,000 yen at the 11 a.m. break on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average gained 0.5 percent. Continue >>