NTT DoCoMo shows first combo 3G-wireless IP handset

NTT DoCoMo Inc. on Tuesday unveiled its first handset to operate over its (3G) third-generation cellular network while also providing VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) calls over wireless Internet networks.

The N900iL will go on sale in Japan later this year and will be targeted at corporations for use by their employees, said Hitoshi Yasuda, a senior director of NTT DoCoMo's product business department, speaking at a Tokyo news conference.

The handset is based on a NEC Corp. cell phone, the N900i, which is currently being sold for NTT DoCoMo's 3G service. With the exception of the IP phone specific features, the phone is almost identical to the N900iL.

The addition of a wireless LAN chipset has added around 5 grams to the handset's weight and will also have an impact on the price. Yasuda expects the new phone to cost between

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