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Fujitsu, SoftBank smartphone system to enable card-free shopping

TOKYO -- Japanese companies Fujitsu and SoftBank will launch a service within the year that enables people to simultaneously make a credit-card purchase and use reward points or discount coupons with a single swipe of their smartphones over a reader at checkout.

     The service, which will be compatible with phones offered by Japan's three major mobile carriers, will save users the trouble of carrying multiple cards.

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