October 29, 2013
NTT DOCOMO and MasterCard to Launch iD/PayPassTM-branded Payments in Over 50 Countries
— DOCOMO's iD-brand mobile credit payments to be accepted by MasterCard® PayPassTM merchants —
TOKYO, JAPAN, October 29, 2013 — NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, and MasterCard, a technology company in the global payments industry, today announced the upcoming commercial launch of iD/PayPass-branded payments via DOCOMO's iDTM mobile credit payment system. The launch opens up some 1.2 million MasterCard PayPass acceptance locations in over 50 countries to iD users beginning February 5, 2014.
Payments with iD/PayPass will be available to DOCOMO subscribers using smartphones equipped with a contactless chip for Osaifu-KeitaiTM (mobile phones with wallet functions) via near field communication (NFC). Current iD users can simply tap their smartphone over a reader device to make payments at MasterCard PayPass affiliate merchants outside Japan using either local currency or yen, eliminating the need to carry cash in an unfamiliar local currency.
The iD/PayPass payment feature uses PayPass technology, a worldwide payment standard deployed by MasterCard via contactless IC chips.
In Japan, DOCOMO subscribers will be able to use its proprietary iD system for mobile credit payments via some 500,000 iD reader devices offered by affiliate merchants.
Customers will be able to experience iD/PayPass payments during a special pre-launch campaign offered by DOCOMO in Hawaii during the JAL Honolulu Marathon 2013 in December.
- iD and Osaifu-Keitai are trademarks of NTT DOCOMO, INC.
- MasterCard® and PayPassTM are trademarks or registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated.
- All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 61 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide 3G network and one of the world's first commercial LTE networks. Leveraging its unique capabilities as a mobile operator, DOCOMO is a leading developer of cutting-edge technologies for NFC mobile payments, mobile GPS, mobile TV, intuitive mobile assistance, environmental monitoring, smart grids and much more. Overseas, the company provides technical and operational expertise to eight mobile operators and other partner companies. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit https://www.docomo.ne.jp/english/ for more information.
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