Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo is to release four new handset models embedded with contactless chip cards that can be used as train passes, electronic wallets and ID cards.
NTT DoCoMo says its will launch the i-mode FeliCa Service for mobile wallet applications next month in combination with the company's first four i-mode smart-card handsets — three 2G mova 506iC series handsets and the 3G FOMA F900iC handset.
The handsets are equipped to use Sony's Edy e-money system for purchases at 9,000 participating shops in Japan. Current balances and payment records can be viewed using the mobile screen.
Initially, 39 companies have signed up to offer m-wallet functions over the handsets, including McDonalds, airline ANA, JCB and the Japanese Railway. Subscribers must first visit the providers' Web sites and download applications to their mobiles.