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KDDI plans 40% rate cut next month

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Mobile phone carrier KDDI Corp. will start offering new subscription plans in June, reducing communication fees by up to 40 percent from current levels, the company announced Monday.

KDDI, the operator of the “au” mobile phone service, is following domestic rival NTT Docomo Inc., which announced new plans in April to reduce communication fees by up to 40 percent starting next month.

To get the 40 percent discount under KDDI’s new plans, users will need to subscribe for three family members and use the company’s fixed Internet connection service.

If a user signs up for data communications of up to one gigabyte, the monthly fee will be ¥1,980 per user and subscribing to its fixed internet connection service will be unnecessary.

Ahead of the commercialization of the fifth generation, or 5G, super high-speed mobile communication format next year, the company is introducing other plans after this summer that will offer unlimited data communications. The monthly fee will be ¥6,980 per user with a contract for three family members.Speech

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