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Docomo offers free Amazon Prime as Japan's 5G race heats up

Top wireless carrier dangles streaming content to lure new users

Docomo users stream 4K video during a trial run on a Tobu Railway train in Tokyo. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Top Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo will offer customers a free year of Amazon Prime as telecom and tech companies form alliances ahead of next spring's rollout of ultrafast 5G wireless service.

Starting Dec. 1, Docomo will cover the roughly $45 annual cost of Amazon Prime membership for subscribers to new rate plans launched in June, giving them access to the service's catalog of thousands of movies and dramas. The tie-up was announced Tuesday.

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