Online chat application to launch a mobile Internet service with free access to Facebook and Twitter
Messaging app giant Line revealed on Thursday that it is set to launch a mobile internet service using its own SIM cards. Called Line Mobile, it will launch in Japan this summer.
There will be no charge for streaming Line Music.
Line Corp Director Jun Masuda announced the decision this afternoon at the Line Conference Tokyo 2016 event.
The Line Mobile SIM will provide users with free access to the messaging application as well as Facebook and Twitter. This means that when you browse Line, Facebook or Twitter, view and download photos, it will not decrease your monthly mobile data allowance. The free data rations include Line’s online calling feature and also Line Music streaming.
Line Corp’s Jun Masada unveiled the Line Mobile SIM card this afternoon.
Other streaming music services may also be exempt later if Line forms partnerships with other companies.
Line partners with NTT Docomo’s cellular network for the new service. A range of plans should start at $4.40 per month excluding tax. More details will be available closer to the launch date, the company announced this afternoon, including whether it will be sold with a smartphone.
Earlier Thursday at the event, Line Corp CEO Takeshi Idezawa revealed plans to get businesses of all sizes to open stores in the messaging app.