Issue #2003 - 11
NTT DoCoMo to Introduce First GPS Handset
Tokyo, Japan, Mar. 27, 2003 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced
today that the company will introduce its first Global Positioning Service
(GPS) compatible handset, dubbed F661i, to the market at the end of April
The easy-to-use GPS mobile phone enables users to determine their location
at the mere touch of a button, and download maps and information about the
area. GPS accuracy is within 10-50 meters.
Users will have access to eight different types of GPS content available
from eight information providers, including public transportation and
restaurant data, as well as routing to help pinpoint specific locations.
Users can also let others know their location by inputting the URL of
their position into an e-mail, which can be sent to any i-mode compatible
handset. In addition, a memo function allows users to store location
information, including maps, telephone numbers and addresses, for easy
access at a later date.
The F661i features three highly advanced tracking functions that can be
used in conjunction with the DLP (DoCoMo Location Platform), which provides fast and highly accurate positioning information.
The first function enables a third party to use an i-mode phone or PC to
locate the F66li user, ideal for tracking family members such as children
The second function allows one-touch location notification to
pre-determined numbers, such as police or fire departments, especially
valuable in emergency situations as it allows rescuers to accurately
pinpoint the user's location.
Third, the F66li can be used as a business management tool, helping
delivery companies, for example, track the location of their vehicles to
expedite smoother operations.
A separate contract with an application service provider (ASP) is required
to use these three advanced functions. A total of 13 applications will be
available from 11 ASPs, including SOHGO SECURITY SERVICES CO., LTD.,
ZENRIN DataCom Co., Ltd., Home Net Co., Ltd. and NAIS Location Systems
Main Specifications for F611i mova F661i
Size (height x width x thickness): 97 x 49 x 28 mm (folded)
Weight: Approx. 115 g
Continuous standby time: Approx. 470 hours
Continuous talk time: <pre> Approx. 140 minutes
Data transmission speed: 9,600 bps
Color: Polar Blue,
Galaxy Silver and
Source: JCN Newswire (sent to
MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: DoCoMo
is not the first with GPS handsets. It is catching up, for a change,
with US carriers like Nextel. Support of 11 ASPs will certainly help
in greater use of location-based applications.
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