December 18, 2013
NFC-based Mobile Payments to be Offered for DOCOMO Users Visiting Korea
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA and TOKYO, JAPAN, December 18, 2013 --- eB Card Corporation, a specialized prepaid smart card distributor for cashless life, and NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, announced today that they have developed eB Card's "cashbee" prepaid mobile payments service application implemented with NFC (near field communication) technology for provision on a cross-border basis to DOCOMO smartphone users visiting South Korea beginning December 18.
The cashbee brand was launched in December 2010 by eB Card, an affiliate company of the food and shopping multinational corporation Lotte Co., Ltd. It currently has about five million users and is accepted at some 54,000 locations, including department and convenience stores in the Lotte group, as well as subways, buses and taxis.
The app will enable DOCOMO customers with NFC-compatible smartphones to make cashbee payments in South Korea in the same way they use DOCOMO's Osaifu-KeitaiTM mobile wallet services in Japan. They will also use the cashbee app to obtain exclusive airport bus timetables, subway maps and coupons.
Hozumi Tamura, Vice President and Managing Director of DOCOMO's Smart-life Planning Department, said: "We are very pleased to provide the cashbee prepaid mobile service application for our customers when they visit Korea. We look forward to introducing further cross-border NFC services for enhanced customer convenience."
Jaewon Cha, Vice President of eB Card's Marketing Business Department, said: "We will strive to provide outstanding user-oriented services to DOCOMO customers from Japan, offering them a variety of beneficial and practical services as our customers while traveling in Korea."
Going forward, DOCOMO will continue to develop common specifications for joint devices, networks and billing platforms that enable seamless cross-border mobile services via smartphones.
- "Osaifu-Keitai" is a trademark of NTT DOCOMO, INC.
- NTT DOCOMO's "Osaifu-Keitai" is only available to subscribers in Japan.
- All listed product names are registered or unregistered trademarks of their respective owners.
About eB Card
eB Card has created fast and convenient RF payment service based on RF smart card technology while constructing and operating automated bus fare payment system in and out of the country. Since joining the Lotte Group in 2010, it newly launched the payment service with a brand name 'cashbee.' It enables transportation and commercial payment besides provision of membership function. Including Seoul and capital area, the service area is currently expanded to the whole part of Korea. It has solid foundation in the nationwide transportation fare payment system, and the membership stores, such as convenience stores, restaurants, and cafes, are expanded in the field of distribution. Please visit (Page will open in a new window.)http://www.cashbee.co.kr/ for more information.
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.