DoCoMo to offer dual-mode cellular/WiFi consumer service next year

NTT DoCoMo next year will launch a new dual-mode consumer service that will let subscribers use their cell phones as wireless LAN handsets at home. The new service will allow subscribers to meld their fixed-line and mobile phone numbers. Use of the dual-mode cell phones at home will be charged at the same rates as landline phones. DoCoMo already offers a similar service for its enterprise subscribers, using dual-mode cell/WiFi phones from NEC. The service is similar to BT's Project Bluephone, which will let subscribers make landline calls from their cell phones using a Bluetooth or WiFi connection.

For more on DoCoMo's new dual-mode service:
- read this article from the Japan Times

ALSO: Handset vendors rush to create dual-mode mobile phones. Article

PLUS: US carriers remain warry of dual-mode cellular/WiFi handsets. Article

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