Friday, December 19, 2003

NTT DoCoMo announces first mobiles with integrated IC Cards

Japan's largest mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, announced yesterday that it will launch a trial, called the "i-mode FeliCa preview service", using mobile phones equipped with FeliCa contactless IC (integrated circuit) chip technology developed by Sony Corporation. See DoCoMo's Press Release on the subject.

The phones will be used for public transport tolls, electronic money, personal identification and other trial services between 17 December 2003 and the summer of 2004.

ITU is currently conducting a mobile case study on Japan. See a Sneak Preview of the ITU Japan case study on "Codes, cards and chips" [PDF] to be presented at the ITU workshop on "Shaping the future mobile information society".

ITU Strategy and Policy Unit Newslog

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