SUICA, Super Urban Intelligent Card, was introduced in 2001 and has steadily increased in its functionality and user base. Now most Japanese commuters in Tokyo use SUICA to swipe through the ticket gates and go to work. You can also use it to buy drinks from vending machines, candy at kiosks and at many convenience stores.
Mobile SUICA is also convenient for buying tickets through your mobile phone.
Since changing over to the metropolitan area IC Card system, SUICA now has over 70,530 stores that can accept SUICA payments. They have also issued almost 30,000,000 tickets. That’s a lot of tickets!
From wikipedia on Mobile SUICA:
Since January 2006, a version called Mobile Suica has been incorporated into mobile FeliCa wallet phones by Japan’s mobile operators. This system includes Java applications to manage the Suica function in the mobile phone, to recharge the Suica card stored in the mobile phone, review the stored value and perform other functions via the mobile phone. An enhancement for 2007 will allow for Suica charges to be added directly to the phone bill, eliminating the requirement to constantly add to and monitor the remaining balance.
In a further article I am going to look at SuiPo or Suica Point system.
I will have to check if I can use mobile SUICA on the iphone. Anyone tried it?