A Sharp LCD TV cell phone is shown here. TV phones get five channels in Tokyo. The service is free, but people have to get a fancy phone (with TV tuners and a good LCD) to watch. KDDI's rival NTT DoCoMo estimates that a million people have TV phones in Japan.
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