The Pending Wallet Phone

i-mode is currently the world’s most popular platform for mobile Internet and e-mail. Launched in February 1999 in Japan, it currently has a subscriber base of nearly 40 million.

Outlining the aim of the wallet phone, Mr Hisashi Hamada of the company told Business Line that using this, a subscriber of i-mode services could “consolidate all his smart cards that he carries in his wallet such as credit cards, club membership cards or bus/train passes into a single chip in the mobile phone.”

Explaining its features, Mr Hamada said: “The smart card details such as club membership cards or credit cards of a subscriber of I-mode service are first embedded and stored on an IC chip on the mobile phone.’ [The Hindu Business Line]

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