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NTT DoCoMo to launch airplane phone service via satellite.

TOKYO, July 3 Kyodo

NTT DoCoMo Inc. said Tuesday it has applied for government approval to launch phone services via satellite for people aboard aircraft.

Following approval from the Public Management, Home Affairs and Posts and Telecommunications Ministry, Japan's biggest mobile phone operator plans to offer services for three major domestic airlines -- Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Air System -- from the end of July.

While NTT DoCoMo currently offers analog aircraft phone services, the satellite-based service includes new features such as access to the Internet, e-mail and payments by credit card. Conversations with people in parked aircraft will also be possible.

NTT DoCoMo will offer public and subscriber services. For public services using phones installed by NTT DoCoMo in airplanes, daytime calls during weekdays will cost 50 yen per 11 seconds.
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