NTT DoCoMo, Inc. says that effective 3 September 2004, the company will extend its international roaming service to 33 countries for NTT DoCoMo's public wireless LAN service, under an agreement with iPass Inc., a U.S.-based provider of connectivity services.
DoCoMo will provide international roaming to wireless LAN service users via the iPass roaming service. The 33 countries span North and South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Users will be able to use wireless LAN services available at more than 3,000 international high-profile hotels (24 countries) and passenger terminals at 82 international airports (17 countries). Access points available through iPass in the Japanese market are not available to NTT DoCoMo's wireless LAN users.
In addition to a basic monthly or daily fee for the service, an international roaming cost of 30 yen per minute will be applied.