DoCoMo Reveals Strategy for Its Move to NFC

Mar 7 2011
By: 
Dan Balaban

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.

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dgwbirch Mar 7 2011

Two quick questions:

1. Why do you have a registration system that makes me create yet another username and password that I will have forgotten in about 15 minutes time, why can't you use OpenID or whatever.

2. Whatever happened to Moversa? Weren't they supposed to be producing the "ideal" chips by now? I

http://www.paymentsnews.com/2009/02/moversa-introduces-u-sam-for-contact...

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Dan Balaban Mar 8 2011

NXP killed Moversa later in 2009. I'm not sure how much technology issues played a role in that, but I think NXP mainly decided it was not a good idea to license its valuable Mifare technology for the venture, after all. I don't believe Moversa had created a secure chip for a SIM during its short lifetime.

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