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Sony plans to launch its own mobile payments solution

Sony will be launching FeliCa in Asia

Sony may become the next technology company to become involved in mobile payments. While Sony has no plans to compete with others in the smartphone market, it does have plans to launch its own mobile payments technology in Asia. The company is expected to launch this technology in the public transportation industry of Asia, allowing consumers to use their mobile devices to pay their transit fare. The system that Sony is working on is known as FeliCa.

Mobile payments are expanding throughout Asia

Mobile payments have become very popular in Asia, where many consumers are beginning to use their smartphones and tablets to purchase products and shop online. They are also using their devices to purchase products in physical stores that support mobile transactions. When it comes to public transportation, consumers are looking for more convenient ways to pay their fares, and they smartphones may be the best solution to this issue.

FeliCa will allow consumers to pay for public transit services

Mobile Payments - Sony StoreSony will be rolling out FeliCa in Indonesia as early as next spring. Southeast Asia, in particular, holds a great deal of promise when it comes to mobile payments. The mobile networks of this region are expanding quickly and public transportation services are becoming more advanced. As this trend continues, more consumers are expected to become involved in mobile payments. Supporting mobile transactions may help Sony establish a strong position in the mobile commerce market.

Sony could leverage its experience in mobile payments to compete with other companies

While FeliCa will be the first mobile payments system launched by Sony, the company has actually been involved in mobile commerce for a decade. Chips that facilitate mobile transactions have been used in Hong Kong’s public transportation space, where consumers use this technology to pay for transit services. Sony intends to compete with companies like Apple and Samsung which have already launched their own mobile payments platforms. These two companies have already established a lead in the mobile commerce market, but Sony may be able to leverage its expertise and prove to be a challenge to both these companies.

Mobile payments added to Sony PlayStation Store

These transactions have been added to the company’s Entertainment Network, as well.

Sony has just announced the introduction of mobile payments as a form of acceptable transaction for both the Sony Entertainment Network and the PlayStation Store, to help to increase the convenience of the purchases.

Users will now be able to add their purchases to their wireless operator’s account and pay it with their bill.

Anyone making a purchase at the PlayStation Store or the Sony Entertainment Network can now use mobile payments to add the expenditure to their wireless bill that is charged to them through their carrier. They can then pay that bill as they usually would. This new transaction is the result of a partnership between Sony and Boku.

This allows Sony customers to use mobile payments to top up their accounts at the PlayStation Store or on the Sony Entertainment Network.

PlayStation Mobile PaymentsThese digital wallets can be refilled using mobile payments through Boku’s addition to the Sony partnership. It applies the operator billing function and is designed to be direct and simple to use. That said, this has not yet been confirmed through consumer feedback.

The mobile payments option is compatible with all of the major wireless network operators in the United Kingdom. Sony has stated that its new billing system can be activated either by way of the PlayStation Store on the PS3, or on the Sony Entertainment Network Account Management website.

To use it, customers will need to select their transaction option as mobile payments. They will then be asked for their smartphone number and will be required to confirm the amount that they’d like to add to their digital wallet via text message.

According to the vice president of Sony Network Entertainment Europe, Gordon Thornton, “We are always looking at new ways to give our customers more choice in terms of content, accessibility and payment methods, and are pleased to be able to offer the option of mobile operator billing, which are becoming more and more popular.” The top up fee added through mobile payments is added to the next monthly wireless bill of the consumer, or will be deducted from their top up credit if they are on a pay as you go plan.