NTT DoCoMo contemplates U.S. market

NTT DoCoMo, a well-known carrier in Japan, is supposedly planning to start an MVNO in the U.S.

Considering many MVNOs have failed or been acquired in recent years (Helio, Disney Mobile, Virgin Mobile, just to name a few), we can't help but think they're a bad idea. (MVNOs are Mobile Virtual Network Operators that sell their own service plans and handsets, but piggyback on another carrier's network). Still, that apparently hasn't stopped Japan's NTT DoCoMo from thinking about starting one up in the U.S.

Indeed, it seems that the Japanese company is contemplating leasing capacity from either T-Mobile USA or AT&T. While we can't imagine it'll make too much money in the beginning, we're kind of excited about the idea, especially if it means we finally get to play with the high-end handsets with the i-mode mobile Internet service that heretofore have only been available in Japan.

(Via Engadget Mobile)

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Nicole Lee is a senior associate editor for CNET, covering cell phones, Bluetooth headsets, and all things mobile. She's also a fan of comic books, video games, and of course, shiny gadgets.


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