NTT DoCoMo to Launch "iD" Credit Card Brand for Mobile Payments

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TOKYO, JAPAN, November 8, 2005 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today its new iD™ credit card brand for card issuers, which will enable DoCoMo customers to make credit card payments with the "Osaifu-Keitai" mobile phone equipped with wallet functions. The brand will be launched on December 1, 2005.

iD will enhance existing credit card services by giving credit card owners the option of making payments via a DoCoMo wallet phone linked to the card, in addition to conventional payments with their plastic credit card.

The payment procedure will be as simple as waving the phones in front of dedicated reader/writers at stores. No signature will be required for purchases under a certain amount, while purchases exceeding this amount will require the user to simply enter a password via a device linked to the reader/writer.

In addition to enjoying secure payments with iD, DoCoMo users will also benefit from security features built into their DoCoMo wallet phones. A user can, for example, call a designated phone number to immediately lock a misplaced or stolen phone. Also, a user can choose to make all payments require a password.

Applications for iD will be accepted through credit card issuers. Once the application is accepted, the user will download an i-appli™ application into their handset and choose various settings for using the service.

The DoCoMo handsets initially compatible with iD will be all 902i series (coming soon) and 901iS series models, and the F901iC, N901iC, SH901iC, F900iC, SH506iC, SO506iC and P506iC models. Compatibility will differ, however, depending on the card issuer, so users are asked to contact their card issuer for details.

DoCoMo will continue to enhance the convenience of its "Osaifu-Keitai" wallet service for cashless payments to further integrate handsets into everyday life. In addition, DoCoMo plans to offer services as a credit card issuer using the iD brand in the first half of fiscal 2006.


About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 50 million customers. The company offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode® which provides e-mail and Internet access to over 45 million subscribers as the world's most popular mobile Internet service, and FOMA®, launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific and Europe.
NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english.

i-mode, FOMA, i-appli and iD are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service and "Osaifu-Keitai" are only available to subscribers in Japan.
"Osaifu-Keitai" refers to mobile phones equipped with a contactless IC card for useful online functions/services such as electronic money, credit card payments, electronic ticketing, memberships, and more.

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