Willcom looks to dual-mode handsets to boost take-up

12 Apr 2012

The Japanese personal handyphone (PHS) wireless operator Willcom is planning to revamp its service offering with a network expansion and a new dual-mode handset which will work on its own PHS system as well as the mobile data network of partner Softbank. According to a report from The Nikkei, customers will be charged a flat fee of JPY4,860 (USD60.12) a month for a dual-mode service offering unlimited voice calls up to ten minutes duration. There are also plans to introduce an Android-based dual-mode smartphone later this year. Willcom had 4.56 million PHS subscribers at the end of March 2012, up from 3.75 million a year earlier, according to data from TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.

Japan, SoftBank Corp