NTT Com is now accepting applications for it’s new HOTSPOT Express product, a WLAN service for the bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka, which will start March 14. Touted as the first wireless Internet access offering on any Shinkansen line in Japan, although UQ Wi-Fi recently announced availability for select corporate customers as of March as well, the service will offer maximum downlinks of 2Mbps on each 16-coach bullet train for any IEEE 802.11b/g-compatible device for a monthly charge of 819 yen (approx. $8 usd). According to the announcement, connectivity will also be available in the waiting lounges of all 17 stations along the route.
HOTSPOT Express subscribers may also use NTT Coms other HOTSPOT service areas, with over 4,000 locations nationwide, on a temporary basis without subscription for 315 yen (tax included) per day. Customers who subscribe to HOTSPOT Express in March will have their startup fee of 1,575 yen (approx. $16 usd) waived and will be charged just 390 yen (including tax) per month until the end of September. Via JCN