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Starting in July, Japan's No. 1 mobile network operator NTT DoCoMo planned to allow its customers to make retail purchases, collect frequent-flier miles and identify themselves for loyalty programs with a flash of their handsets.
DoCoMo revealed details of its much-anticipated i-mode FeliCa Service last month. The telco and partner Sony Corp. eventually plan to allow customers to download applications from a pool of 40 or more service providers onto handsets equipped with a contactless smart card chip and a radio-frequency antenna.
The "mobile wallet" applications launched in July were to include Japan's contactless electronic purse, Edy, and a contactless credit card from Sony Finance Co., along with a frequent-flyer program from All Nippon Airways that is linked to Edy.
Later, consumers will be …