DoCoMo To Offer Overseas Roaming For 3G Users

It appears DoCoMo has come up with one solution for dealing with the question of how to offer “global roaming”. They’re now going to offer the ability for subscribers to rent GSM phones from DoCoMo for a small fee that they can take overseas (using their own SIM cards). Not the most elegant solution, but will probably satisfy some folks in Japan who are worried about what to do overseas. There are already places that will simply rent you a GSM phone, but by tying it to the user’s DoCoMo account, it probably makes it much more appealing. It’s a bit surprising that other (non-GSM) carriers haven’t gone this route as a simple fix to the question of global roaming.

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