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Vodafone to bring contactless mobile payment to Japanese market

Posted on 26-Feb-2005 10:50 | Filed under: News


Vodafone K.K. and FeliCa Networks, Inc. have agreed to collaborate in Japan on the introduction and promotion of Mobile FeliCa, a system which enables contactless IC card technology ("FeliCa") in mobile handsets. The technology is already in use by Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo.

Vodafone K.K. will aim to introduce handsets in Japan with embedded Mobile FeliCa IC chips developed and licensed by FeliCa Networks in October 2005 as the initial approximate target date. Based on this agreement, Vodafone K.K. will aim to ship more than 1 million Mobile FeliCa compatible handsets at an early stage and make embedded Mobile FeliCa IC chips a common specification of Vodafone handsets in Japan from 2006.

The Mobile FeliCa IC chips embedded on new handsets will enable access to various existing Mobile FeliCa compatible services such as transportation services, electronic money and point services through mobile handsets in cooperation with service providers. In addition, features not available on individual IC cards but possible via the communication capabilities of mobile phones, such as "value downloads" of electronic money, account balance displays, and usage histories, are also planned.

FeliCa Networks will provide card issuing services required to all businesses when using Mobile FeliCa IC chips as a network service via the Vodafone live! mobile internet service.