DoCoMo has announced a new flat-rate data plan designed for mobile PC users who connect to the DoCoMo network via a FOMA PC card, USB-linked DoCoMo phone or HSDPA-capable PC, assure that heavy or regular users of packet-data communications won’t have to worry about widely fluctuating monthly bills. Subscribers will be able to trial the service for 4,200yen/month on an unlimited basis between October 22, 2007 and January 31, 2008.
“Flat-Rate Data Plan HIGH-SPEED” for 3.6Mbps (best effort) packet services will cost 4,200 JPY per month for up to 500,000 packets, then rise on a pay-as-you-go basis up to a maximum of 10,500 JPY per month beyond one million packets.
The plans cover sending/receiving messages and viewing still content (text and photos) on Web sites. Streamed video, downloaded FTP file transfers, i-mode communications and voice/videophone calls are not covered. Packet communications outside Japan, as well as via domestic access points that are not compatible with flat-rate packet services, will be charged on a pay-as-you-go basis.