Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo has launched its first 3G handset compatible with its FeliCa mobile wallet service. FeliCa, which was previously available only to i-mode customers, allows DoCoMo’s FOMA 3G subscribers to use their mobile phone to pay for services instead of using cash or a credit card. The new handset, the Fujitsu F900iC, comes equipped with a 1.28 megapixel autofocus CCD camera and 2.4 inch LCD screen.
The operator says the new handset is characterised by its high security functions which ensure that only the customer can access his or her own details. These include a fingerprint sensor and a password lock feature which can also be operated from a remote phone if the F900iC handset is lost or stolen.
DoCoMo announced recently that it was teaming up with Japanese CD and DVD retailer GEO to equip its 600 outlets with FeliCa mobile payment terminals. Other locations where FeliCa can be used include airports and train stations.