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    FeliCa NFC technology confirmed for Apple Pay in Japan

    September 7th, 2016

    Apple has confirmed that its new flagship smartphones — the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — and the second generation Apple Watch will be equipped with Sony FeliCa NFC technology. The move will allow for… More

    Pizza Hut Asia trials order and pay using a robot called Pepper

    May 24th, 2016

    Customers at Pizza Hut locations in Asia will soon be able to place orders, receive offers and complete payments on a tablet held by Pepper, a humanoid robot developed by SoftBank Robotics. The transactions will be completed through MasterCard’s MasterPass digital wallet service. More

    Twitter invests in beacon marketer Swirl

    April 24th, 2015

    Twitter has invested an undisclosed sum in Boston-based proximity marketing specialist Swirl, hinting the social media platform could be looking at using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to push messages. The social media giant has invested alongside Hearst Ventures, Softbank Capital and others in an $18m series-C round, taking the total raised by Swirl so far to $32m.

    Over 20m NFC devices now in use in Japan

    October 20th, 2014

    There are 20.55 million NFC mobile handsets in use in Japan according to new data compiled by the Mobile NFC Association. A total of 86 different NFC phones are currently available from the three main mobile network operators, NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank.

    Softbank offers Fujitsu Arrows A NFC phone with finger sensor

    October 7th, 2013

    Japanese carrier Softbank has unveiled the Arrows A 301F, an NFC smartphone built by Fujitsu that includes a fingerprint reader on the rear of the phone for unlocking the device. The  Arrows A comes with… More

    Sumitomo Mitsui to launch NFC payments in Japan

    September 10th, 2013

    Banking group Sumitomo Mitsui is to introduce an NFC payments service this month that will be available through all three Japanese mobile network operators — NTT Docomo, Softbank and KDDI — and will work with… More

    KDDI unveils world’s first NFC and Felica phone

    May 16th, 2012

    Japanese mobile operator KDDI will offer the world’s first phone with both NFC and Felica support from this summer. The Sharp Aquos Phone Serie will support Japan’s widely-used Felica contactless payment system as well as the… More

    SK Telecom: All new smartphones must come with NFC

    August 1st, 2011

    The Korean mobile network operator has committed to an aggressive plan to quickly move large numbers of its customers towards NFC services by deciding that, from now on, it will only offer smartphones equipped with NFC functionality. More

    Softbank stickers bring mobile payments to iPhone 4 in Japan

    January 10th, 2011

    The Japanese mobile network operator is to provide a range of stickers compatible with the Edy, Waon and Nanaco payments services from February, enabling iPhone 4 users to make use of Japan’s well established mobile payments services for the first time. More

    NTT Docomo adds NFC tag reading to wide range of mobile phones

    November 11th, 2010

    NTT Docomo has begun the world’s first mass market deployment of mobile phones with NFC tag reading capabilities. Sixteen of the operator’s new range of mobile phones and a number of existing handsets will be able to perform both Osaifu-Keitai mobile contactless payments functions and NFC tag reading from next week. More

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