Vodafone Japan has announced that starting 17 October 2005 it will offer a new service for its Prepaid Service which will allow customers to recharge their prepaid mobile phones at bank ATMs or via internet banking. Using the electronic payment system, dubbed ‘Pay-easy’, customers will now be able to recharge their prepaid mobile phones at financial institution ATMs by using their bank cards or cash, and also via internet or mobile banking. This new service will be available to most existing Vodafone Prepaid Service customers and will be Japan’s first that allows clients to recharge their prepaid mobile phones at ATMs of financial institutions.
Previously, customers could only recharge their prepaid mobile phones by either purchasing prepaid cards or by using Prepaid Online Recharge on the Vodafone K.K. website. Pay-easy is a payment service that uses the Multi-Payment Network system, which was developed by the Japan Multi-Payment Network Management Organization, a group mainly comprised of financial institutions.
Customers can apply to recharge their prepaid mobile phone by calling 1400, the Vodafone Prepaid Service Center, from their prepaid handset and entering the recharge amount. A mail will immediately be sent to the customer?fs prepaid handset with a corporate number (Vodafone K.K. specific number) and confirmation number (application receipt number). By using an ATM or internet banking site, the recharge is then completed by entering the corporate number and confirmation number.
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