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KDDI posts biggest net increase in June cell phone contracts.

TOKYO, July 7 Kyodo

KDDI Corp. posted a net increase of 193,500 subscribers to its ''au'' mobile phone service in June from May, surpassing rival operators for the third straight month, the Telecommunications Carriers Association said Monday.

The increase is due to the availability in the au service of songs by popular singers as call signals and of low-priced handsets with built-in cameras, a KDDI official said.

The net increase in contracts in June -- the number of new contracts minus that of cancellations -- came to 171,000 for NTT DoCoMo Inc. and 139,300 for J-Phone Co.

The number of subscribers to mobile phones at the end of June totaled 77,213,900, up 0.6% over a month earlier. The total included 44,361,000 subscribers to NTT DoCoMo's service.

The combined number of subscribers to mobile phones and personal handyphone systems (PHS) totaled 82,648,300, up 0.6%.
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Date:Jul 8, 2003
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