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Inside Contactless announces combined NFC controller and embedded secure element package

November 29th, 2010

The NFC and contactless specialist has teamed up with Infineon and Giesecke & Devrient to provide handset manufacturers with a single package that includes both an NFC controller and an embedded secure element. More

Discover begins national roll out of contactless stickers

Discover begins national roll out of contactless stickers

November 29th, 2010

Discover Financial Services has begun issuing Discover Zip contactless credit cards and stickers to select cardholders. Further cards and stickers will be issued from January 2011 and cardholders interested in receiving one can now apply… More

NFC news in brief • 29 Nov 2010

November 29th, 2010

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: PingPing adds Coca-Cola • Indian banks offer mobile payments • GSMA investigates embedded SIMs • VeriFone buys Hypercom • Brands test Google Goggles • 500m to use mobile medical apps by 2015 • CPI hits 100M contactless cards • and more… More

MegaFon subscribers to use NFC stickers on St Petersburg subway

MegaFon subscribers to use NFC stickers on St Petersburg subway

November 29th, 2010

Russian mobile network operator MegaFon has announced it is to issue NFC-compatible contactless stickers that subscribers will be able to use to pay for St Petersburg Metro tickets, the St Petersburg Times reports: The project… More

Ericsson IPX introduces next-generation NFC TSM service

November 29th, 2010

The company aims to kickstart commercial NFC services by acting as a broker between mobile network operators and service providers — Ericsson IPX plans to pay operators to rent space on their SIM cards and then sub-let it to a range of service providers. More

DBS, StarHub and EZ-Link to begin Singapore NFC pilot in December

November 29th, 2010

The bank, mobile network operator and transport card issuer will be using Gemalto’s N-Flex NFC add-on and plan to launch commercial services towards the end of 2011. More

RIM seeks NFC test engineer

RIM seeks NFC test engineer

November 29th, 2010

A job vacancy posted on Research In Motion’s recruitment website suggests that the BlackBerry maker is now actively involved in the development of NFC-enabled mobile phones. The job posting follows comments made by RIM co-CEO… More

NFC Business Models: Just 48 hours left to save 25% on our new research report

NFC Business Models: Just 48 hours left to save 25% on our new research report

November 29th, 2010

Just a short housekeeping message: I wanted to let you know that the pre-publication special offer on our latest research report, NFC Business Models, expires tomorrow. This report sets out the latest thinking on how… More

Think&Go NFC offers innovators 300 free devices for use in pilots

Think&Go NFC offers innovators 300 free devices for use in pilots

November 26th, 2010

Think&Go NFC has launched a call for NFC innovators to apply for up to 300 NFC devices to use in near field communication pilot tests. The devices will include Morpho’s NFC Mobile Wallet, TwinLinx’s MyMax… More

Sprint investigating multiple mobile payment options

Sprint investigating multiple mobile payment options

November 26th, 2010

Mobile network operator Sprint, the only major US operator not involved in the new Isis NFC payments project, says it is now looking at a number of different ways to offer mobile payments — in… More

NXP and Gemalto sign Mifare NFC licensing deal

NXP and Gemalto sign Mifare NFC licensing deal

November 25th, 2010

NXP Semiconductors and Gemalto have signed a global strategic licensing agreement for NXP’s Mifare technology which will enable Gemalto to integrate both Mifare DESFire and Mifare Plus into its SIM cards. “Mifare is already at… More

Bank of America to issue contactless stickers next year

Bank of America to issue contactless stickers next year

November 24th, 2010

Bank of America plans to issue contactless stickers to its credit and debit card customers next year, PaymentsSource reports: “Offering contactless debit cards and payment stickers is another step in” BofA’s push to add “more… More

Wima 2011 call for papers: Closing date for submissions is 3 December

Wima 2011 call for papers: Closing date for submissions is 3 December

November 24th, 2010

The deadline for submitting papers for consideration for presentations at next year’s Wima conference, to be held in Monaco in April, is 3 December. Anyone who wishes to make a presentation at the Wima 2011… More

DeviceFidelity adds NFC support for Android and Mifare

DeviceFidelity adds NFC support for Android and Mifare

November 24th, 2010

DeviceFidelity has announced that its In2Pay microSD format NFC devices can now be used in Android phones. In2Pay already works with BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows and Symbian devices and is being tested extensively by Visa member… More

Tyfone picks up another patent, shows off NFC on Androids

Tyfone picks up another patent, shows off NFC on Androids

November 22nd, 2010

NFC-on-microSD specialist Tyfone has been granted another patent that covers its use of memory cards as an NFC-enabler in mobile phones. US patent 7,828,214, “Mobile phone with electronic transaction card”, was issued on 9 November… More

O2 Money recruits NFC and payments specialists to ‘establish the newest name in financial services’

O2 Money recruits NFC and payments specialists to ‘establish the newest name in financial services’

November 22nd, 2010

O2 Money, the financial services arm of UK mobile network operator O2, is on the hunt for a number of NFC, card and payments specialists to “help establish the newest name in financial services,” according… More

RIM could add NFC to BlackBerrys ‘in the near term’

November 19th, 2010

Discussing NFC at the Web 2.0 Summit, RIM’s co-CEO Jim Balsillie said “we’d be fools not to have it in the near term… and we’re not fools.” More

Nokia and partners to introduce ‘major new initiative in US mobile network services capabilities including contactless payment’

Nokia and partners to introduce ‘major new initiative in US mobile network services capabilities including contactless payment’

November 19th, 2010

UPDATE: “There’s not going to be any launch by Nokia at this event,” the company’s Damien Balsan has told NFC World. “We’re just going to be discussing NFC with ecosystem actors and developers.” A meeting… More

US Bank begins testing microSD based NFC payments service

November 19th, 2010

US Bank has begun a field trial of microSD format NFC devices. Employees in a number of US states will begin piloting the technology this month and plans call for the trial to be opened… More

Centre Pompidou’s Teen Gallery lets young people test NFC

November 19th, 2010

The new Teen Gallery at the Centre Pompidou modern and contemporary art museum in Paris allows young visitors to easily access and share location and multimedia information by touching an NFC mobile phone to tags located around the gallery. More

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