TOKYO, JAPAN, April 4, 2006 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced today that they will launch DCMX™ consumer credit services via iD™, DoCoMo's brand and platform for mobile credit cards. Users of
DCMX mini™, to be launched on April 28, will offer a monthly credit line of 10,000 yen. Making a purchase will be as simple as waving one's phone in front of a dedicated iD reader/writer in a store, with no signature required. Payments will be billed together with the user's monthly DoCoMo phone charges. There will be no membership fee to use the service. Customers from age 12 will be able to start using the service immediately after applying through the DCMX
Credit lines from 200,000 yen, as well as cash advances, will be available under a separate service, also called DCMX, which will be launched after DCMX mini. Purchases costing over 10,000 yen will require the customer to enter a four-digit password. The user can choose to pay in full, or in fixed installments or on a revolving-credit basis. There will be no membership fee during the first year, but in subsequent years a fee of 1,312 yen (including tax) will accrue if no transaction has taken place within 12 months. Customers from age 18 will be able to apply either via the DCMX i-mode site or in writing, after which they will be screened. Applications for the DCMX service will be accepted from the end of May. Payments made via DCMX will earn points that can be redeemed for discounts on products and services from DoCoMo and other participating establishments. Users will also be issued either a Visa or MasterCard plastic card to make purchases at stores overseas, as well as at stores in Japan that do not have iD reader/writers.
Users under age 20 will require a guardian's consent, and must apply at a DoCoMo Shop, accompanied by a guardian.
Customers will be able to use their mobile phones to confirm remaining credit balances. For security,
The DCMX SITE showroom will open in Tokyo at the end of May to present demonstrations and information about the concept of mobile credit cards, and also accept written applications to use the DCMX service.
DoCoMo also plans to offer premium a DCMX GOLD mobile credit-card service in the future.
- About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMois 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 DoCoMois listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english.
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