DoCoMo to release 3G/WLAN mobile phone

NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan's biggest mobile phone carrier, will put its first dual-mode 3G (third generation) and WLAN (Wireless LAN) phone on sale on Nov. 16, the company said on Monday.

The N900iL handsets, made by NEC Corp., will enable free calls and instant messaging over IEEE802.11b WLANs that are part of corporate intranets, and standard cellular calls, at regular rates, on DoCoMo's WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) 3G network, said DoCoMo Spokesman Takumi Suzuki.

The handsets will be sold as a packaged service that includes servers and related equipment, and are designed for corporate use. A "minimum" package of five handsets and a single server will cost about

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