Wallet Mobile – おサイフケータイ- Osaifu Keitai – الهاتف المحفظة

I will take a bottom-up approach in this post ‘cos I’m more interested in Electronic Electronish things!

FeliCa is a technology developed by Sony in which a microchip, embedded in a card or electronic device, combines processing, storage, and communications functions. The name derives from the word “felicity,” suggesting convenience. The data on the chip is nonvolatile and can be overwritten indefinitely. The FeliCa chip can be used in portable digital devices such as cell phone sets.” (techtarget.com)

Now, what’s about the title?!

Wallet Mobile – おサイフケータイ- الهاتف المحفظة, is a technology that was introduced in Japan since 2004 by NTT DoCoMo, in which mobiles are equipped with FeliCa chip that enables users to make payments as if they’re using credit cards and even faster, all what you need is to scan your mobile, and yeah you can recharge it with the exact amount that you would like to limit your payments with, security issues. Moreover, with this technology, mobile handsets in Japan can also be used as a train-pass (Suica), can’t you see how convenient is this?  When I was in Japan I felt shy to use my piece of junk (mobile) within that sophisticated market of mobile. Now this sounds pathetic but 6 years later and still no significant approach in the middle east to improve the hardware infrastructure of mobiles telecommunication industry/market, all what they are doing now is expanding the speed and consequently the cost, and we blindly compliment on how good our telecommunication companies are (Z and W) while NTT DoCoMo is generations leaping ahead, hmm!                                                                                                                                                                         Check this out:

Even Taxis…!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DrMahbob
    Jan 12, 2010 @ 01:31:48

    peevishguy .. hi I liked your blog alot and what more intersting this post .. I wonder is this like the new civilid smard card with rfid which PACI is working on to integrate with knet so instead of swiping the card you just pass it by .. I’m with you that our telecommunication companies are not like japan actually I don’t think that any country like japan they are the first country have 4g of communication not like us 3g doesn’t have good coverage .


    • peevishguy
      Jan 15, 2010 @ 20:47:14

      First of all, thanks for passing by and for the comment.

      Yeah it’s the same where FeliCa is doing the readio frequency job and the telecommunication co. are doing the transaction work, where DCMX, SuiCa and others are doing the processing work.

      Never expect such a thing to take place in our region, not at least for our generation! The only way to experience it is to visit Japan, bon voyage!


  2. Pisces Chick
    Feb 24, 2010 @ 11:26:13

    There will be no significant approach in the middle east anytime soon. Just give it 20 to 30 years!


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