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DoCoMo will launch a new service called Pocket U which will enable subscribers to view and browse, from anywhere, content such as video, music, image and text files stored in their home PCs via mobile phones as of June 6, 2008.
Customers will require a flat-rate data plan and subscription to the Pocket U service will run an extra $5 per month. Apparently a VPN will be used to prevent third-party users from pretending to be subscribers of the service.
The service will become available after installing “Pocket U Soft” dedicated software on PCs at homes. Mobile phones use their browser, “i-motion” video provision service and PDF viewer for video viewing and browsing. For the connection between a home PC and NTT DoCoMo Inc’s network.
NTT DoCoMo said it will continue to add functions through software version-ups in the future. As one of those new functions, it is planning to start a service, which allows mobile phones to view video stored in HDD recorders that can be used in conjunction with Pocket U in the second quarter of fiscal 2008.
A perfect example of the continued march towards FMC (fixed mobile convergence) and an extra incentive for those users who have still not signed up for one of the ‘all-you-can-eat’ data plans!
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