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Top Japan mobile carrier NTT Docomo to slash data prices

Company becomes first in nation to lower rates for its main brand

NTT Docomo and other Japanese mobile carriers face pressure from the government to cut service fees to be in line with international standards. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- Japanese wireless carrier NTT Docomo is finalizing a plan to lower mobile fees, a move that could prompt rivals to follow suit in a country said to lag in telecom price competitiveness, Nikkei has learned.

Under a revamp to be announced soon, customers will be charged based on the data they use. Customers who use 30 gigabytes in a month, for example, will pay less than the current fixed monthly rate of 7,150 yen ($69) under the new pricing.

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