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DoCoMo unveils light mobile phone capable of televising images.

TOKYO, Sept. 5 Kyodo

NTT DoCoMo Inc. on Thursday took the wraps off a new third-generation lightweight mobile phone capable of televising live images of conversation partners to each other.

The new phone, made by Toshiba Corp., weighs only 110 grams, which is 40 grams less than conventional mobile phones capable of televising live images made by the two other electronics makers.

It is equipped with an advanced rechargeable battery capable of 125 continuous standby hours for receiving calls -- 70 hours longer than conventional mobile phones with teleconferencing functions.

NTT DoCoMo's third-generation mobile phones are called the FOMA series, which kicked off services in October 2001. Such electronics giants as Matsushita Communication Industrial Co. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. have supplied NTT DoCoMo with phones capable of FOMA functions, which include televised video-based conversation and i-mode Net surfing functions.

Toshiba supplied its third-generation mobile phones with FOMA functions to NTT DoCoMo for the first time ever.

But the sales of mobile phones with FOMA functions have so far remained sluggish, with its combined sales since their October 2001 launch coming to only 130,000 units against the company's plan to sell 1.38 million FOMA mobile phones by March 31, 2003.

The limited service area covered by FOMA handsets, equal to 70% of the service area covered by conventional mobile phones, has likely kept mobile phone buffs at bay.

NTT DoCoMo President Keiji Tachikawa said, ''We hope to fuel demand for our third-generation phones on the strength of the plan to release a series of handsets with even greater capabilities.''
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