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Cellphones can be used as fixed-line phones at home: NTT DoCoMo.

TOKYO, May 31 Kyodo

NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan's largest mobile phone service provider, will enable subscribers to use their handsets as fixed-line phones at home, President Masao Nakamura said Tuesday.

The new service, expected to begin next year, will allow subscribers to combine their fixed-line and mobile phone numbers. Usage of cellphones at home will be charged at the same rates as fixed-line phones, which are cheaper than those for cellphones.

While a number of cellphone operators have started similar services for corporate subscribers, NTT DoCoMo will be the first to offer the service for home use.

With the new service, people can use their handsets as fixed-line phones in their houses and as cellphones outside, Nakamura said.

KDDI Corp., NTT DoCoMo's principal rival, is also set to begin a home-use service.

The new service is made possible by combining a fixed-line service with a wireless local area network, or LAN, communications system.
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