TOKYO, JAPAN, June 16, 2004 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries today announced the July 2004 launch of the
DoCoMo's revolutionary new service and smart-card handsets can be used for a variety of unprecedented functions, including train pass, debit card (electronic money), credit card and personal identification card, applications previously possible only with IC-equipped cards.
The handsets are equipped, for example, 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 handsets.
Initially, 39 mobile service providers will offer m-wallet functions via the i-mode FeliCa Service. Customers will go to the providers' websites and download i-appli™ applications to use these functions with their DoCoMo i-mode smart-card handsets.
DoCoMo previewed the i-mode FeliCa Service for six months beginning last December using mobile phones equipped with Sony Corporation's FeliCa smart card technology.
The new i-mode FeliCa Service and i-mode smart-card handsets are among the latest examples of how DoCoMo is expanding the scope of wireless culture, turning i-mode mobile phones into multifunctional tools for everyday life.
For more details about the new 506iC-series and F900iC-model handsets, please see the attachment.
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