Japanese handset makers set to launch TV cell phones

Japan's Panasonic Mobile and Sanyo Electric in the coming months plan to launch handsets capable of receiving digital television broadcast signals. The companies are expected to time the offering with the country's cable launch of digital broadcast service for mobile phones. NTT DoCoMo will sell Panasonic's W-CDMA handsets, while KDDI will sell Sanyo's CDMA2000 handsets. Both models will also have tuners that allow the handsets to pick up analog broadcasts. The companies expect to sell 7 million handsets next year alone.

For more on Japan's television handsets:
- check out this story from Total Telecom