New Cheaper TV Phones

NTT East and NTT West (Japanese Telephone Companies), will soon launch a full-scale IP TV phone for their subscribers, providing users with better images, easier access and lower prices. An Internet Protocol TV phone system, whose users can talk on-line just like a regular phone, will be available at a reasonable price starting September.

The terminals for the IP TV Phone system will be released by NTT East and NTT West starting September 1st. Features include smooth images and easy operation made available with a touch panel.

The low price is made possible through the use of the Internet technique. Depending on the service desired, all a user needs would be a monthly payment of 525 yen (about $5) for round-the-clock usage of the IP TV phone, searching specific information such as the weather or fortune, and sending or receiving e-mail.

The service will be limited to subscribers of optical fiber or ADSL systems of NTT East and NTT West, at least for the time being. But officials say they hope to eventually expand the service to TV function-equipped cellular phones and other service providers.

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