NTT Docomo and MasterCard, a technology company in the global payments industry, on Tuesday announced the upcoming commercial launch of iD/PayPass-branded payments via Docomo’s iD mobile credit payment system. The launch will open up some 1.2 million MasterCard PayPass acceptance locations in over 50 countries to iD users beginning Feb 5, 2014.
Payments with iD/PayPass will be available to Docomo subscribers using smartphones equipped with a contactless chip for Osaifu-Keitai (mobile phones with wallet functions) via near field communication (NFC). Current iD users can simply tap their smartphone over a reader device to make payments at MasterCard PayPass affiliate merchants outside Japan using either local currency or yen, eliminating the need to carry cash in an unfamiliar local currency.
The iD/PayPass payment feature uses PayPass technology, a worldwide payment standard deployed by MasterCard via contactless IC chips.
In Japan, Docomo subscribers will be able to use its proprietary iD system for mobile credit payments via some 500,000 iD reader devices offered by affiliate merchants.
Customers will be able to experience iD/PayPass payments during a special pre-launch campaign offered by Docomo in Hawaii during the JAL Honolulu Marathon 2013 in December.© Japan Today