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Archive for December 2011

Japanese carriers form NFC consortium

December 22nd, 2011

NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank Mobile have set up the Japan Mobile NFC Consortium with the aim of working together to coordinate the switch from Japan’s existing Osaifu-Keitai non-NFC standard mobile payments system to NFC. More

PayPal tests NFC payments in Stockholm

December 20th, 2011

“Over the next few months we’ll be testing many different proximity payments technologies (including NFC) and exploring numerous partnership opportunities,” says the online payments giant. More

Czech firms report on NFC trial

December 20th, 2011

Supermarket chain Globus is to equip all its new stores with contactless POS terminals following a successful six month NFC payments trial conducted in conjunction with Telefónica O2, Komerční Banka, Citibank and Visa Europe. More

Coca-Cola tests NFC advertising in Singapore

December 20th, 2011

Coca-Cola has launched an NFC out-of-home advertising campaign in Singapore. The campaign promotes the company’s Coca-Cola and Fanta drinks brands and uses the NFC-enabled Mobile Life! network of two hundred advertising panels introduced by Clear… More

Samsung handsets get ICS

December 20th, 2011

Google has started rolling out Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which adds Android Beam NFC functionality, as an over-the-air update for its Nexus S handsets. Manufacturer Samsung has also announced that selected high-end phones and tablets will get ICS upgrades next year, starting in Q1 with the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note — though timing will vary by country and carrier.

Smart tests NFC payments in Manila

December 20th, 2011

Smart Communications and Philippines bank BDO have conducted an NFC payments trial at the World Bazaar Festival in Manila. The trial saw Nokia C7 owners with Smart postpaid subscriptions being given free Smart Money accounts… More

Estonian banks look into NFC

December 20th, 2011

Estonia’s leading banks have begun work on an NFC research project in conjunction with mobile network operator EMT, part of the TeliaSonera group. The applied research project aims to discover the viability of introducing contactless… More

NFC POS demand growing

December 19th, 2011

POS terminal supplier Verifone has entered “a must-have phase for chip-and-PIN almost everywhere around the globe,” CEO Douglas Bergeron told analysts during its fourth quarter earnings call, Bank Technology News reports. “I think we are reaching a point where more and more people are saying they don’t know what the future is for sure, but they know near field communication is going to be part of it and they don’t want to be flat-footed when that day arrives,” said Bergeron.

eAgile picks Avery tags

December 19th, 2011

US-based RFID tag supplier eAgile is now offering a range of printed products including signs, business cards, and labels that incorporate Avery Dennison’s recently launched N-Zone NFC tags. “NFC products are easy to use, functional, and fun, making them the perfect way to communicate with the tech-savvy consumer and to compete in the increasingly tech-driven marketplace,” says eAgile CEO Gary Burns.

RIM to launch UK NFC campaign

December 19th, 2011

RIM is to run a series of marketing campaigns designed to educate UK consumers on the benefits of NFC during 2012. “You will see cobranded activity with us and the mobile operators communicating how NFC can be used for things like payments and advertising,” Tim Hodkinson, the BlackBerry maker’s EMEA director of enterprise marketing, has told Marketing Week. “You won’t have to wait until the end of 2012 to see major consumer payment providers and advertisers using NFC on a mass scale.”

Paris gets interactive NFC mailboxes

December 19th, 2011

French postal service La Poste has added NFC stickers to mailboxes in the central Hotel de Ville area of Paris, allowing passersby to receive information on local services and providing La Poste with the potential to generate new advertising revenues. More

NFC Forum and Bluetooth SIG publish NFC developers guide

December 19th, 2011

The guide is designed to show developers how they can easily pair NFC phones with devices such as headsets, pedometers, TVs — and even cars. More

GSM Association issues new NFC handset requirements

December 19th, 2011

The mobile network operators’ association has published new specifications which could give carriers a major advantage over competing mobile wallet providers but, the GSMA says, the changes are due to technical rather than commercial reasons.  More

LG launches Prada 3.0 smartphone with NFC

December 19th, 2011

Prada and LG have unveiled a third iteration of their jointly created designer phone. The “Prada phone by LG 3.0″ includes built-in NFC functionality and features a 4.3-inch screen, 8MP camera and 8GB of user… More

Google Wallet finds its way onto the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

December 19th, 2011

Just a few days after the launch of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, Android enthusiasts have found a number of ways to get around the US carrier’s attempt to block Google Wallet from its version of the phone and users are now successfully making NFC payments. More

Free Press files complaint with FCC over lack of Google Wallet on Verizon Galaxy Nexus

December 19th, 2011

US consumer rights organisation Free Press has filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging it to investigate Verizon Wireless’ actions regarding Google Wallet. “It appears as though Verizon Wireless is abusing its… More

Sonim adds NFC to world’s toughest phone

December 18th, 2011

The new XPand NFC expansion pack for the XP3300 Force ultra-rugged phone is designed for workforces in the security guarding, commercial cleaning services, mass transportation, field equipment maintenance and domiciliary healthcare industries. More

ABI forecasts NFC tag market

December 18th, 2011

Smart posters and mobile marketing programmes have used more than half the NFC tags shipped to date and will account for 70% of shipments in 2016, according to a new report from ABI Research. In total, the NFC tag market will be worth US$298 million over the next five years, the forecasters predict.

35m NFC phones shipped in 2011

December 18th, 2011

The number of NFC handsets shipped worldwide in 2011 will total 35 million, according to IMS Research. Sales will accelerate over the next twelve months to reach 80 million handsets by the end of 2012, the forecasters predict.

Isis reveals global ambitions

December 18th, 2011

US NFC venture Isis is exploring the potential of expanding overseas, Bloomberg reports. Isis “has held discussions to explore international opportunities,” Jaymee Johnson, Isis’ head of marketing, told the news service. “The underlying equity partners in Isis give us some degree of visibility and awareness beyond the US,” Johnson explained.

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