Q27Isn't it a nuisance to have to line up at ticket-vending machines to recharge the cards?

A27 Yes, it is. That is why JR East set up a system in January 2006 allowing Suica functionality to be used on mobile phones and for electronic money to be charged onto phones using a credit card. Thus, mobile phones can become a wallet, enabling one to buy train tickets, and can even themselves become season tickets. If an Edy card is used with an appropriately function-enhanced mobile

The spread of electronic money phone, it can be charged with electronic money by means of a credit card using the Internet. This mobile phone service is useful since it enables one to purchase small items at convenience stores using a virtual credit card. The amount is withdrawn from one's bank account about one month after the transaction has been made, while loyalty points accrue for the amount spent.