au Wallet PrePaid joined the Apple Pay Japan parade on July 4 with a press release from KDDI, a new page on the au site, and a kickoff campaign offering extra au Wallet and Suica points through the end of August. The Goal website has all the
gory glorious point details in Japanese.
au Wallet PrePaid joins Suica as the only other prepaid card on Apple Pay Japan. au Wallet PrePaid can be used for store purchases with QUICPay+ (slightly different than the regular QUICPay flavor), as well as for charging Suica Apple Pay. This is the first prepaid card that JR East has allowed for Suica Apple Pay charging via the Wallet app and could open the way for Line Pay and other popular prepaid cards later.
Prepaid cards are very popular with younger people, especially the under 18 crowd who cannot own credit cards. They are also handy for parents who want to keep an eye on allowances.
au posted a few videos explaining how to add and use au Wallet PrePaid:
Adding directly in iOS Wallet (physical card):
Adding via the au WALLET app (no physical card):
Using au WALLET PrePaid Apple Pay with QUICPay