A record bill has emerged for Japanese telecoms giant Docomo’s international billing phone service, as the company seeks to compete with Apple’s iPhone bill.
The company’s phone bill reached 2.65 billion yen, or $216 million, according to a post by The Japan Times on Friday.
The firm had previously set the record for the world’s most expensive domestic phone bill last year, which reached 2 billion yen.
A company statement said the new record was made thanks to the “excellent” service provided by Docomo, which also provides a nationwide customer service center.
It said the phone bill represents a 50 percent increase from last year.
It’s the latest example of how the world is shifting toward services that allow consumers to easily pay for their purchases with a smartphone.
While Google’s services and Apple’s services have long offered an easy way to pay for goods and services, the latest bill is an example of companies attempting to catch up.
Apple, which sells the iPhone, launched the iPhone App Store in November 2015, and a number of its services and apps have been downloaded more than 5 billion times since then.
It has more than 9 million stores worldwide, and the service offers an online payment option and a “pay with credit card” option that allows users to pay with their credit cards for a wide range of goods and goods.