Vodafone KK has announced that it will charge its customers JPY2,100 (USD18) to cancel their contracts when transferring their phone number to a different cellco after mobile number portability begins on 24 October. The declaration comes after rival operators NTT DoCoMo and KDDI also set their cancellation fee at JPY2,100. Vodafone KK and KDDI have also revealed that a new contract fee of JPY2,835 will be applied to customers switching from other services, while NTT DoCoMo will charge JPY3,150. It has been rumoured that as many as 25% of Vodafone KK’s subscribers are looking to switch.
In separate but related news, Vodafone KK will legally change its name to Softbank Mobile Corp on 1 October, but will retain the Vodafone brand name.