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Symbian reaches 40 million mobile phone shipments in Japan


TOKYO, Japan - Symbian Limited, developer and licensor of Symbian OS™, the market-leading open operating system for mobile phones, today announced that over 40 million mobile phones based on Symbian OS have shipped in Japan up until the end of September 2008.

In the first half of 2008, 18 mobile phone models based on Symbian OS shipped across Japan, up 12.5% over the same period last year. To date, a total of 94 mobile phone models based on Symbian OS have launched in Japan by six Symbian customers: Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, Nokia, Motorola, Sharp and Sony Ericsson.

The first 3G Symbian OS-based mobile phone began shipping in Japan in 2003 and within three years - to end of June 2006 - the total number of shipments reached the 10 million mark. Since then, there has been a continuous growth in shipment figures for Symbian mobile phones in Japan, resulting in an overall total of 40 million shipments at the end of September 2008.

Toshio Miki, Associate Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Communication Device Development Department, NTT DOCOMO, INC. commented: “The robustness, security and ease of customisation of Symbian OS contributes to a short development time and reduced development cost, which I believe has served as the driving force for the total shipments of over 40 million mobile phones based on Symbian OS in Japan. NTT DOCOMO plans to further contribute to and work with Symbian OS in future.”

Haruhiko Hisa, President, Symbian Japan, said: “I am pleased to celebrate this milestone on our 10 year anniversary. This is the result of a strong and ever-growing ecosystem of innovative partners, including the network operators, handset manufactures and developers. We look forward to a bright future as we continue to revolutionise the next generation of mobile phones.”

The following 94 phones based on Symbian OS have shipped in Japan:

Fujitsu: NTT DOCOMO docomo PRIME series F-01A; FOMA™ Raku-Raku PHONE V; FOMA F706i; FOMA F906i; FOMA Raku-Raku PHONE Basic S; FOMA Raku-Raku PHONE IVS; FOMA Raku-Raku PHONE Premium; FOMA F905iBiz; FOMA F705i; FOMA F801i; FOMA F905i; FOMA Raku-Raku PHONE IV; FOMA F704i; FOMA F904i; FOMA Raku-Raku PHONE Basic; FOMA F903iBSC; FOMA F903iX HIGH-SPEED; FOMA F703i; FOMA F903i; FOMA Raku-Raku PHONE III; FOMA F902iS; FOMA F702iD; FOMA Raku-Raku PHONE II; FOMA Raku-Raku PHONE; FOMA F902i; FOMA F700iS; FOMA F901iS; FOMA F700i; FOMA F901iC; FOMA F900iC; FOMA F900iT; FOMA F900i; FOMA F2102V; FOMA F2051
Mitsubishi Electric:NTT DOCOMO FOMA D705iμ; FOMA D705i; FOMA D905i; FOMA D704i; FOMA D904i; FOMA D903iTV; FOMA D800iDS; FOMA D703i; FOMA D903i; FOMA D702iF; FOMA D702iBCL; FOMA D902iS; MUSIC PORTER X™; FOMA D702i; Music Porter ™ II; Raku-Raku PHONE Simple; FOMA D902i; FOMA D701i; FOMA D901iS; FOMA D901i
Motorola: NTT DOCOMO FOMA M1000
Sharp: NTT DOCOMO docomo PRIME series SH-01A; NTT DOCOMO FOMA SH706iw; FOMA SH706ie; FOMA SH706i; FOMA SH906iTV; FOMA SH906i; FOMA SH705iII; FOMA SH705i; FOMA SH905iTV; FOMA SH905i; FOMA SH704i; FOMA SH904i; FOMA SH903iTV; FOMA SH703i; FOMA SH903i; FOMA SH702iS; FOMA SH902iSL; FOMA SH902iS; FOMA SH702iD; FOMA SH902i
Sony Ericsson: NTT DOCOMO FOMA SO906i; FOMA SO905iCS; FOMA SO905i; FOMA SO704i; FOMA SO903iTV; FOMA SO703i; FOMA SO903i; FOMA SO902iWP+; FOMA SO702i; FOMA SO902i
Nokia: NTT DOCOMO FOMA NM706i; FOMA NM705i; FOMA NM850iG; SOFTBANK MOBILE SoftBank X02NK/Nokia N95; SoftBank X01NK/Nokia E61; SoftBank 705NK/Nokia N73; Vodafone 804NK/Nokia N71; Vodafone 702NKII (Nokia 6680); Vodafone 702NK (Nokia 6630)

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About Symbian Limited

Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS™, the market-leading open operating system for mobile phones.

Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers and has built close co-operative business relationships with leading companies across the mobile industry. During Q2 2008, 19.6 million Symbian mobile phones were sold worldwide to over 250 major network operators, bringing the total number of units shipped up to 30 June 2008 to 226 million.

Symbian has its headquarters in London, with offices in Cambridge, United Kingdom, China, India, Japan, Korea and United States. For more information, please visit


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