Digital Culture –| 2008

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RFID-chipped mobile phones

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We discussed RFID-chipped Japanese mobile phones last week. I found some information.
If the phone is lost or stolen, the user can lock the handset through remote operations. The user also can suspend and resume service over the telephone.

DOCOMO iD website:
RFID in Japan
Mobile Payment Metrics: NTT DoCoMo
There is also a rechargeable contactless smart  card. Suica stands for “Super Urban Intelligent Card”. The card incorporates contactless RFIC technology developed by Sony.

I was using Suica when I was working in Tokyo. I can bring it next time.

You can use both Suica and Mobile-Suica as a fare card on train lines around Tokyo Area.

Recently, Kiosks, vending machines and coin-operated lockers within stations can be accessed with these cards and RFID-chipped mobile phones. 

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Written by hideyukidesign

August 4, 2008 at 3:54 am

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  1. You’re saying that we can use our chipped mobile in Japan to get on any public transports, and access to very very extensive library of vending machines? That can be one full day without the need of cash!

    Next would be the personal identification… if they somehow merged with mobile phone then we really have no reason to carry our wallets anymore.

    I’m still curious about retail shops. Can you pay your dinner with your mobile yet?

    –> Added to one more things you can do with your mobile phone… buy used underwear.


    August 7, 2008 at 4:34 am

  2. If you will not use the prepaid function, you can buy a normal mobile phone. Actually most of my friends are only using normal Suica cards.

    The chipped mobile is only useful in uban areas especially Tokyo. I’m not saying that you can use it on “ANY” transports, but it can be used on most public transports around “Tokyo” area such as Train, subway, buses, monorail. taxis and convenience stores.

    You can pay your dinner with the Mobile-Suica in some places.


    August 10, 2008 at 11:29 pm

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