Telecommunications Business Firm
DDI CORPORATION, KDD Corporation and IDO CORPORATION merge and form a new company. The trade name of the new entity is DDI CORPORATION, and it operates under the new KDDI corporate brand.
GPS mobile is released as the first mobile phone equipped with an "electric compass." Equipping mobile phones with a compass enabled a screen display that acts just like a car navigation displayer to make the map rotate automatically so the direction of movement is always oriented to the top of the screen when displaying a map while on the move.