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Name in Japanese: 電子マネー「エディ」 (Denshi MANEE Edy)
Of interest to: Residents
Coolness: Very cool
Utility: Very useful
Cost: Free (Data charges may apply)
Website: http://www.edy.jp/

Used by an ever-growing list of retailers, Edy is Japan's most popular e-money service. It's available in both RFID Card and Osaifu Keitai form, although this guide will focus on the Osaifu Keitai incarnation. Both simple to set-up and use, it's the perfect way to shop without having to lug around a wallet.

Things To Know

Requirements: A mobile phone with Osaifu Keitai capabilities. Your mobile phone plan must allow data transfer. To recharge your credit directly from your phone, you must have one of the credit cards listed on the Edy website.

Costs: Registration is free and there are no maintenance costs. Recharging your credit is free. The Edy application accesses the Internet and you may be charged for data transfer.

Availability: Registration is available to anyone. Check the Edy website for a list of shops which accept Edy. Shops accepting Edy will have the Edy logo on the door or window, as well as a sensor near the till.

Trivia: Edy actually stands for "Euro, Dollar, Yen" - even though the service is currently only available in Japan and only works using the Yen.

How To Get It

The Edy application comes pre-installed on NTT DoCoMo phones. On au and Softbank, you may have to find and install it yourself. You can download the application by scanning the barcode on the Edy website.

edy_setup1.jpgWhen you run Edy for the first time, you will be asked to activate the service. No personal information is required, the Edy service will simply assign your phone with a serial number. Select 1 to continue.

edy_setup2.jpgOccasionally, Edy will run special promotions for new registrations. In this case, Edy are offering 100 yen free when you register. If there are no promotions at the time you register, you may not see this screen. In any case, select 1 to continue.

edy_setup3.jpgIn this screen, you have to accept the terms and conditions of the service. Select 1 to confirm your registration.

edy_setup4.jpgThe Edy application will connect to the Internet and activate your Edy account. This may take a minute or two. Once it's finished, your Edy number will appear on the screen. Although you won't need it for normal usage, it's useful to keep a record of it in case something happens to your phone and you want to recover your balance.

Once registration is over, you can start using it immediately.

How To Use It

Using Edy is a lot easier than setting it up - not that setting it up is very difficult! As with any Osaifu Keitai application, Edy works even when your phone is switched off, and there is no need to even access the Edy application again.

Charging Credit

The simplest way to put money onto your phone is to visit a shop or use an automatic charging machine.

If you go to a shop, they accept Edy and allow you to charge your credit, simply tell the cashier, "EDY ni CHAAJI shite kudasai", give them the money, and place your phone over the flashing sensor. If everything goes to plan, the sensor will tinkle (Edy say their sensors go "shariiin").

If you manage to find an automatic charging machine, first place your phone onto the flashing sensor. The lights will turn steady and your current balance will appear on the display. Insert your money and press the green button to charge. Several models of chargers exist. Some let you press a button to specify by how much you want to charge, others require you to press the green button to charge every time you insert a banknote. The sensor will tinkle every time the charge is successful. Once you're happy with the amount charged, you can press the blue button for a receipt.

In both cases, you can now open the Edy application to confirm that the charge was successful. The main menu of the Edy application displays your current balance in big numerals.

Charging by credit card requires filling out a registration form. Unfortunately, my credit card (Citibank) is pretty much the only one NOT accepted by Edy, so I can't provide a setup guide just yet.

Using Credit

Paying by Edy is quick, painless and convenient. Whenever you're in a shop that takes Edy as payment and it's time to pay, just tell the cashier, "EDY de onegai shimasu". When the Edy sensor starts flashing, put your phone on top of it until is tinkles. There's no need to "swipe" it, and there's no need to physically touch the sensor either. Make sure that the FeliCa logo on your phone is facing the sensor. It'll usually work up to 1-2cm away from it.

Extra Tips

- Edy can be used with Sony's "PaSoRi" FeliCa reader for Windows PCs. The Edy Viewer application can be used to check detailed balance reports, receive Edy Gifts, transfer money (Edy to Edy), as well as recharge credit via a credit card. New Sony computers come with a PaSoRi sensor built-in.

- Some shops may offer you certain rewards for using Edy with them. You may occasionally receive cash gifts from these shops. You can receive these gifts by using the "Edy Gift" option from the Edy application's main menu (option 3).

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Nice explanation. One thing about Edy versus the other types, retrieving your usage history requires another step, and that is fairly complicated. The sign up for the credit card was, as you stated, not too hard.

I checked on this, and Edy is actually the only electric money in Japan that I know of that does not provide you with a monthly statement. You can only view the last five transactions, so balancing your account monthly, and being certain they are crediting your account accurately is very difficult to do, and I have ceased to use this electric money at all. Let me know if you have a question.


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