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Mobile Suica® Service will Begin in Late 2005

East Japan Railway Company

April 13, 2004

  • East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has been developing a new service, Mobile Suica
    (mobile phones equipped with Suica functions), and is making steady progress towards its introduction.
  • Mobile Suica service will free users from relying on station vending machines for regular and commuter passes. Users can add value to their cards and purchase commuter passes via handset communication functions anywhere, anytime. Just like Suica cards, "Mobile Suica" can be used for entering and exiting through automated ticket gates and for shopping at station stores.
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  • Service is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2005.

Overview of Mobile Suica Service

  • "Mobile Suica" refers to mobile phones equipped with Suica functions (iO cards, commuter passes, and shopping). Simply touch "Mobile Suica" gently against automated ticket gates and other reader/writer units as you would do with Suica cards.
  • Mobile Suica service is designed to combine the convenience of Suica with the advantages of mobile phones (communication and display functions) to offer more convenient new services.
    (1)  Handset communication functions enable users to charge iO cards (add fare) and purchase commuter passes anytime, anywhere.
    (2)  Display functions show users commuter pass information, iO records, remaining balance, and other information.
  • Service is scheduled for the second half of 2005.
  • Studies are underway by JR East to extend the service for travel on the Shinkansen. This will allow users to purchase reserved seats or other tickets with "Mobile Suica" and use "Mobile Suica" to proceed directly through the ticket gate.
  • Other services are planned for Suica, taking advantage of the convenience of handset features. These services are currently under development, and details will be announced separately as they become available.
  • In cooperation with NTT DoCoMo, Inc., provider of "i-mode® FeliCa® preview service", JR East employees are participating in a field test for "Mobile Suica", which is proceeding well.
*1:  "Mobile Suica" is a registered trademark of East Japan Railway Company.
*2: "i-mode" is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
*3: "FeliCa" is a contactless IC card technology developed by Sony Corporation. "FeliCa" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.