NTT Docomo to offer Linux-based 3G phones

According to Reuters – NTT DoCoMo Inc, Japan’s top mobile operator, aims to offer third-generation (3G) handsets that run on the Linux-based operating system (OS) as early as the second half of 2004, a source close to the firm said on Tuesday.

Linux software is free and can be copied or modified, unlike rival Microsoft Corp’s software, and has become popular among companies looking to lower the cost of using computer systems.

DoCoMo has already offered handset makers specifications of the kind of Linux-based OS suitable for its 3G handsets in order to help them cut development and manufacturing costs, the source said.

DoCoMo does not intend to force them to use the Linux-based software and it does not preclude the use of other operating systems including Smartphone software from Microsoft Corp as future OS candidates for its 3G phones, the source said.”

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