Major mobile carriers to introduce cheaper plans amid gov't pressure

Two of Japan’s three major mobile phone carriers said Wednesday they will roll out cheaper plans under their low-cost service brands in response to government pressure to slash rates.KDDI Corp. will start offering a 20-gigabyte plan for 3,980 yen ($38) per month in February or later under its UQ Mobile brand, while Softbank Corp. will introduce a 20-gigabyte plan with up to 10 minutes of free voice calls for 4,480 yen a month under its Y!Mobile brand from late December.The cheapest voice call option for KDDI’s new plan will cost 500 yen for up to 60 minutes of calls a month, putting the new se…

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