KDDI am Wallet Prepaid users got a major update today with person to person payments and ‘Real-time’ Recharge. Person to person payments can be made between au Wallet Prepaid card users with just a phone number and name (kana). Real-time Recharge instantly recharges the exact amount needed if the stored value balance is short at purchase time. Both services are available to au iPhone customers via the updated au Wallet App.
One of the major gripes I had with au Wallet Prepaid was the limited recharge options at the time I used it (2015) and the creaky pre-Apple Pay credit card payment method. Having to sign like a credit card with a prepaid card was dumb but that was the price of using the Mastercard payment network before Apple Pay arrived in late 2016. au Wallet Prepaid is much more convenient in Apple Pay than it is in plastic.