Asia Express - Mobile Communications
NTT DoCoMo, Telefonica Initiate Collaboration by Jointly Launching Toshiba Phone
June 05, 2009
Japan's NTT DoCoMo and Spain's Telefonica have formed a collaborative partnership by jointly launching a Windows Mobile-based mobile phone by Toshiba on May 26, according to Cellular-News. The Toshiba phone selected by NTT DoCoMo and Telefonica is a full touch panel model, which will be rolled out in Japan and Spain in June 2009 under the respective brands of T-01A and TG01. Starting from the initiative of joint phone launch, the two telecom operators expect to extend their partnership to enhancement of corporate competitiveness as well as potential collaboration on services and applications for Internet-capable, open OS (Operating System) devices. In order to strengthen their presence in the overseas markets, various Japanese telecom operators and mobile phone makers have forged similar alliances with international partners. SoftBank, for instance, has teamed up with Vodafone, Verizon, and China Mobile on 3G and LTE (Long Term Evolution).