Japan’s DoCoMo to Support PayPass for Roaming Customers but isn’t Finished with FeliCa

Oct 12 2012

Japan’s largest telco, NTT DoCoMo, has begun to make a key piece of its strategy for NFC known, announcing deals with MasterCard Worldwide and South Korea’s KT Corp. to enable subscribers to make payments when they roam in other countries.

DoCoMo also announced among its first devices that support the international NFC standard along with legacy FeliCa technology. FeliCa has been widely deployed on point-of-sale terminals, transit terminals and cards and phones throughout Japan. Four of the Android-based smartphones and a tablet DoCoMo announced today support hybrid FeliCa and NFC chips.

The agreement with MasterCard would enable DoCoMo subscribers and users of its iD payments service with certain of these FeliCa-NFC phones to pay with MasterCard PayPass where the application is accepted, which MasterCard says is in 41 countries and on nearly 500,000 terminals. That includes such popular destinations for Japanese travelers as the United States, South Korea and Taiwan.

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Article comments

 
Joao Rostli Oct 18 2012

"DoCoMo specifically ordered the globally popular Galaxy S III without NFC support. "
Also NO NFC in KDDI's Galaxy S3 specification list...

KDDI announced more hybrid phones. Their Sharp Aquos phone serie isw16sh gets competition in nov./dec.;
Sony Xperia VL
HTC J Butterfly
Sharp Aguos phone serie SHL21
Fujitsu Arrows F
LG Optimus G
Kyocera Digno S
Pantech Vega ptl21.
KDDI au Support Desk confirmed, these phones support standard NFC and FeliCa.
http://www.nfc-phones.org/japan-adds-nfc/

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