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NEC to Offer Color i-mode for Kyushu-Okinawa Summit Meeting 2000
NEC Corporation (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) announced today that it will offer around 300 units of i-mode mobile handsets with a color display for the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit Meeting 2000 to be held at the end of July this year. NEC has already delivered the special "Summit version" handsets to NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (NTT DoCoMo), which will be provided free of charge to officials and members of the media visiting Japan for the duration of the Summit meeting.
NTT DoCoMo, is planning to add a variety of English-language contents to its "i-mode" mobile Internet portal site for the convenience of foreign users in Japan. Customers will be able to enjoy 15 different kinds of content, including news, travel, information, database services and entertainment, by simply choosing a title on the i-mode portal site. The information will be accessible nationwide starting on July 3, 2000. NTT DoCoMo plans to continue expanding its English content service.
NTT DoCoMo's i-mode service, which started from February 22, 1999, provides access to online services using specially designed digital phones from NTT DoCoMo and is the leading, example of mobile-internet services in the world. The service currently has over 7 million subscribers.
NEC is a major handset supplier to NTT DoCoMo's i-mode service. In particular, NEC's i-mode handset is one of the most popular models with its fold-up design and the largest LCD screen. The most important advantage of the fold-up structure is that it enables the terminal to be fitted with a larger LCD screen than standard handsets. The Summit handset is the first from NEC to employ a color 2-inch LCD for its popular model and the first time for English software functions to be added.
The Summit presents a great opportunity for NEC to show the features and advantages of the i-mode service, and the company's significant experience and capabilities in mobile communications to a key world audience. The fold-up handset design is also expected to be the basis for NEC's mobile terminals for the 3G next-generation mobile communications era.