PMN reports on a new mobile payments trial in Japan involving NTT DoCoMo, Visa, Nippon Shinpan, OMC Card and AEON Credit.
The service uses an i-Appli Java application and the IR port of DoCoMo’s 504i series handsets. Users enter their credit card details into the i-Appli application and can then use the handset to transmit payment via IR to specially-equipped retail terminals. The trial will involve about 3000 users, selected by Nippon Shinpan from its existing Visa customers, and 500 retailers in the Tokyo area. Visa is supplying technical expertise and implementation of its ‘Visa Proximity Payments Messaging Specification’.