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Archive for February 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II will come with NFC — but only in some markets

February 13th, 2011

The decision on whether or not the devices shipped into a particular country will be equipped with NFC will depend on “market requirement”, says Samsung. More

O2 UK commits to commercial NFC launch in second half of 2011

February 13th, 2011

“My ambition would be to engage a very substantial proportion of the O2 customer base,” James Le Brocq, head of O2 UK’s financial services division, told NFC World, as the mobile network operator confirmed plans to launch commercial NFC services in the UK later this year. More

Uncovered: The hidden NFC potential of the Google Nexus S and the Nokia C7

February 13th, 2011

Mobile and NFC experts Dr Gerald Madlmayr and Christian Kantner have taken apart both a Nokia C7 and a Google Nexus S to find out what’s inside and what kind of services it will be possible to offer via the handsets in the future — and to build a Nexus S that can operate in full card emulation mode. Here Dr Madlmayr explains what he and Kantner discovered… More

Gentag announces low-cost NFC/RFID phone

February 10th, 2011

The US$119 GT-601 NFC handset is designed for “people who are concerned only with basic voice communication, mobile payments, social networks, and diagnostics using a low-cost mobile wireless device,” says Gentag.  More

Inside Secure bids for share of Android NFC chip market

February 10th, 2011

NFC and contactless chip specialist Inside Secure has begun the task of trying to convince the industry that NXP is not the only game in town when it comes to adding NFC functionality to Android mobile phones with the launch of version 4.2 of its open source NFC protocol stack. More

Japanese social network Mixi introduces NFC check-ins

Japanese social network Mixi introduces NFC check-ins

February 10th, 2011

Leading Japanese social network Mixi, which has more than 21 million members, has become the first social network to offer users the ability to check into locations using near field communication. The service is compatible… More

Belgian banks and mobile operators to launch SMS and NFC mobile payments service in 2011

Belgian banks and mobile operators to launch SMS and NFC mobile payments service in 2011

February 10th, 2011

Belgium’s mobile network operators have joined forces with the country’s financial sector with the aim of introducing SMS and NFC based mobile payments by the end of 2011. “The goal is to make a mobile… More

Google adds more NFC features with Android 2.3.3

Google adds more NFC features with Android 2.3.3

February 9th, 2011

Google has released Android 2.3.3, an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread specifically designed to add more NFC functionality to the operating system. “We know there’s a strong interest to include these capabilities into many applications,… More

French operators commit to deploying 1m NFC phones in 2011

French operators commit to deploying 1m NFC phones in 2011

February 9th, 2011

France’s mobile network operators have formally committed to deploying one million NFC phones in 2011, under the Cityzi brand name. In an official statement published by the AFSCM (Association Française pour le Sans Contact Mobile),… More

Visa Europe signs mobile payments partnership deal with Monitise

Visa Europe signs mobile payments partnership deal with Monitise

February 9th, 2011

Visa Europe has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Monitise to develop and supply mobile payments services for Visa Europe’s member banks and financial institutions across Europe. “Monitise will act as an advanced development engine… More

Toshiba begins NFC SIM mass production

Toshiba begins NFC SIM mass production

February 9th, 2011

Toshiba has announced it has now completed testing of an NFC UIM, a user identity module that can be used in both CDMA2000 NFC phones and as a SIM card for GSM NFC phones, and… More

“Hacker” shows how to crack Starbucks mobile payments app

“Hacker” shows how to crack Starbucks mobile payments app

February 9th, 2011

A Mobile Commerce Daily reader has shown the publication how the Starbucks coffee chain’s barcode-based mobile payments service can be hacked in just 90 seconds. The low-tech exploit makes for amusing reading — and also throws up… More

KDDI, Softbank, SK Telecom begin testing joint NFC services for Japanese and Korean consumers

February 9th, 2011

The three mobile network operators, who signed an NFC cooperation agreement in July 2010, are to begin testing a number of cross-border NFC services this month with the aim of launching commercial services by the end of 2011. More

NTT Docomo partners with Korea’s KT to switch to NFC at end of 2012

February 9th, 2011

Mobile network operator NTT Docomo, the driving force behind Japan’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service, has confirmed that it will make the move to NFC standard technology from “around the end of 2012″, in partnership with Korea’s KT. More

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