From https://atadistance.net/2018/04/13/jr-east-and-apple-quietly-fix-a-suica-weakness/:

One of neat things about Apple Pay Suica is how easy it is to add, delete and migrate Suica cards to different iPhones. iCloud and Mobile Suica keep the Suica card information and balance safe and secure no matter what device it’s on.

There was one weakness however: the Suica card ID number changed every time the card was deleted and re-installed in Wallet. …

Fortunately Apple and JR East have fixed this weakness. Now when you delete a Suica card from Wallet and re-install it the Suica ID number does not change.

I was annoyed by this “weakness”, which probably was a design flaw. Glad to see it is addressed but not looking forward to the next time this applies to me.

Apple Pay Suica Spring Campaign 2018:

JR East kicked off their Apple Pay Suica 2018 spring campaign today, running March 19 to April 30. It’s an exact repeat of the 2017 spring campaign:

(Via Ata Distance)

Check out the article for all the juicy details, such as:

The tricky part is that you have to use the Suica App and have a Mobile Suica account to purchase a new Suica commuter plan or receive the ¥2,000 cash-back refund.

Joel gives you the information you need.

The Apple Pay Japan One Year Mark:

Apple Pay in Japan is all about Apple Pay Suica which we already knew. In the Suica home base area, the Kanto region, contactless payments grew from 20% of total transactions to more than 40% in the year that Apple Pay Suica has been available. My analysis is that Apple Pay Suica is responsible for driving that change. What used to be ‘some people some of the time’ is quickly transitioning to ‘most people most of the time’.

One 7-Eleven store owner summed it up nicely: “e-money (Suica) purchases have really taken off this past year.”

(Via Ata Distance)

I will not stop talking about how great Apple Pay Suica is for transit and purchasing. The rest of the world needs this.

https://atadistance.net/2018/01/25/rating-apple-pay-suica-performance-in-ios-11-2-5/

Japanese Apple Pay Suica users and iPhone X users are tweeting and blogging about the Apple Pay Suica performance improvements in the iOS 11.2.5 update. So far the reports are very good. But how good is good and can it be even better?

Read the article for the dazzling details. My anecdotal experience is that watchOS/iOS is working well with Suica. None of the momentary failures and seems more spritely in paying.

Just a reminder of how far ahead this combo is in Japan compared to anything in the US:

Suica and Apple Pay is a perfect martini of fast cash and slow credit with the secret dash of always online mobile technology. Apple Pay Suica recharge completely removes the cash recharge docking requirement transforming Suica into a super slick card for transit and store purchases that uses the pokey credit card for occasional financial backing.

The mobile difference that removes the Suica cash recharge docking requirement makes all the difference. Purchasing or riding anything, anywhere, anytime is simply pulling iPhone out and holding it to the reader. It quickly becomes second nature.

From atadistance.net