A few comments for The Register on this article. ++ INLINE BELOW ++ Proximity payments have long been popular in Japan, in part because of the cash-based culture that eschews credit cards.. ++As opposed to the service being widely available, both by devices and point of sale readers, and ‘rather’ convenient for customers to use. Otherwise, note JCB claims 60M credit card members. .. thanks to NTT DoCoMo owning entire value chain (network operator, bank, technology provider) ++err.. thanks to Sony! while DoCoMo does own shares in FeliCa networks, so do other operators and banks. As for the ‘entire value chain’ statement.. Yes.. that’s why it works here, for some 6-years now, while other markets are still mucking around with who holds the hammer.. consumers be damned. ..and forcing manufacturers and competitors alike to comply with its “standards”. ++ 2-points.. Perhaps you are not aware? First, FeliCa (Sony) and MiFare (Philips – now NXP)
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