NTT DoCoMo will sell "hybrid" NFC phones that support both standard NFC and domestic FeliCa technology from Japan’s Sony Corp. when the big telco makes its planned move to NFC late next year.
The hybrid phones are DoCoMo’s answer to perhaps the biggest obstacle that had caused the telco to resist the move to NFC–the massive infrastructure of nonstandard FeliCa readers deployed throughout Japan in shops, transit stations and other venues.
The phones will carry separate embedded chips, one supporting NFC and the other FeliCa, said DoCoMo. Plans also call for NFC-enabled SIM cards that support FeliCa. But the SIMs will take longer to develop.