NTT DoCoMo is joining forces with McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) to enable wireless customers to use their mobile phones to make payments at McDonald's outlets in Japan. DoCoMo will own a 30% stake in the joint venture.
Mobile carriers and makers have begun offering address backup programs for their customers. Verizon Wireless offers its Backup Assistant free to its customer base, while AT&T's Cingular, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA charge a monthly fee for a similar type of service.
Although telecoms are still upgrading their networks to fully support fixed-mobile convergence, businesses are already gaining access to FMC through the use of newly introduced appliances. DiVitas Networks is now offering a solution, while Siemens Communications is set to unveil its appliance later this week.