Launch of NFC [1] Mobile Phone Demonstration

April 22, 2010

KDDI will conduct a demonstration on various non-contact IC (integrated circuit) technologies compatible with the international standard ISO/IEC 14443 [2] Type A/B, using NFC mobile phones [3] starting May 1, 2010.

NFC mobile phones support a range of applications in one unit. For example, it can be used for credit-card/electronic-money transaction services, overseas public transportation systems, electronic ticketing services, or as proof of identity through linkage to official identification, such as a driver's license. NFC mobile phones also allow users to retrieve information, by holding it over a poster equipped with an IC tag.

A previous demonstration conducted in 2008 tested the credit-card transaction function only. In this demonstration experiment, multiple applications, including reader/writer functions and the Bluetooth® connectivity functions, will be downloaded to a mobile phone via the wireless network and then implemented on its UIM (User Identity Module) card in a near to practical way. Additionally, with cooperation from many partner companies, processing, utilization and operation verifications will be performed. KDDI aims to obtain MasterCard® PayPass certification for the credit transaction functions and reader/writer functions required when using MasterCard® PayPass.

The pilot is compliant with the GSMA, Pay-Buy-Mobile initiative. Through this pilot, KDDI aims to share specifications with overseas carriers, taking adherence to the international compatibility into consideration.

Based on the findings of the pilot, KDDI will continue exploring possibilities for the introduction of the NFC service with our mobile phones in the near future, aiming to expand this highly convenient "non-contact" service our customers' daily lives.

Please refer to the attachment for the outline of the pilot.

  • [1] NFC (Near Field Communication): The international standard for proximity wireless communication system defined by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). NFC supports three types of communication methods: Type A, Type B, and FeliCa®. It enables various applications including non-contact IC card function, reader/writer functions, and inter-device communication functions.
  • [2] ISO 14443: The international standard for proximity non-contact IC cards defined by ISO.
  • [3] NFC mobile phone: KDDI has developed a prototype of an NFC mobile phone based on au mobile phones. This NFC mobile phone enables a range of non-contact applications compatible with specifications of the international standard ISO/IEC 14443 Type A/B in one unit.
  • * Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc., USA.
  • * FeliCa is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.
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    Products, service fees, service content and specifications, contact information, and other details are subject to change without notice.

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