Monday, August 25, 2003

Using the mobile phone for billing-delivery information

ePaynews.comreports that Japan’s premier telcos, NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and J-Phone, are to provide a single billing/payment system to enable mobile phone users to pay easier for goods at convenience stores.

When a consumer makes an online purchase, the system, based on one that DoCoMo launched in May 2002, sends a two-dimensional bar code with billing information to their phone handset, which reduces the need for paper receipts. At the local convenience store, the consumer confirms their billing data by waving their phone at a special bar code reader, before paying by cash and picking up the goods.