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SoftBank Launching Contactless-Payment Trial With Android Smartphones

SoftBank Mobile Corp. start a Near Field Communication payment pilot with smartphones powered by Android 2.2 operating system late this quarter, the Tokyo-based subsidiary of Japanese telecommunication operator SoftBank Corp. announced Jan.18. Seven other companies also will participate, including MasterCard Worldwide; Kyodo Printing Inc.; HTC Corp.; Orient Corp., Japan’s largest service provider of MasterCard PayPass […]

China Unicom Launches Mobile-Payment Service In Beijing

China’s second-largest mobile-network operator China has begun offering a contactless mobile-payment service in Beijing. Launched Dec. 31, the service is based on a SIMpass card, the Near Field Communication technology provided by Singapore-based Watchdata Technologies Pvt. Ltd. The SIMpass card is compatible with mobile phones using 2G networks, a Beijing-based Unicom customer service representative tells […]

Tokyo’s Jaccs Launches An Eco-Themed Credit Card

Jaccs Co. Ltd. has launched a MasterCard-branded credit card designed to help improve the environment, the Tokyo-based card-issuing subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group announced Dec. 10. All legal residents in Japan ages 18 or older may apply for the Jaccs Eco Card. When a customer spends 800,000 yen (US$9,533 or 7,209 euros) or more […]

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