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Verizon demos NFC for retailers

January 10th, 2012

Verizon Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent are demonstrating a range of mobile solutions for retailers at the CES show this week, including an NFC solution that enables a consumer to collect a coupon with their NFC device and then redeem it at an interactive Virtual Personal Stylist (VPS) kiosk. VPS, first shown last year, lets shoppers create an avatar based on measurements captured during an in-store scanning process, and then virtually “try on” clothing and beauty products. Yale NFC door locks are also on show on the Verizon stand.

Visa certifies Samsung, LG and BlackBerry NFC phones for mobile payments

January 10th, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S II, LG Optimus Net NFC, BlackBerry Bold 9900/9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9360/9380 have now been added to the list of approved Visa payments products, enabling financial institutions to use them in commercial NFC deployments for the first time. More

Plug-in dongle adds internet to TV — and comes with NFC

January 10th, 2012

Always Innovating has shown off a reference design for an NFC-enabled plug-in device that transforms any television with an HDMI input into an internet-connected screen. The WiFi and Bluetooth equipped portable set-top box runs Android… More

NFC competition returns to Wima

January 10th, 2012

The NFC Forum and the Wima NFC conference have issued a call for entries to “Tap Into Innovation: NFC Global Competition 2012″, a co-organised competition which has been an important means of surfacing innovative NFC… More

Home Depot tests PayPal in-store

January 10th, 2012

Home Depot has become the first US retailer to test PayPal’s mobile payments solutions in-store. The trial is taking place at five stores and involves “a small number” of employees, says PayPal. Employees can pay for items using a PayPal-issued credit card or by entering their mobile phone number into a POS device, according to AllThingsD. The online payments giant recently ran an NFC trial in Sweden and has included NFC peer-to-peer payments in the latest version of PayPal Mobile App for Android.

NFC keyboard offers touch and type convenience

January 10th, 2012

An NFC-based portable keyboard for smartphones has eliminated the usual pairing step associated with accessories — users simply place their NFC phone on the keyboard and start typing. More

Revosys adds NFC to taxis

January 10th, 2012

An all-in-one terminal is set to allow taxi customers to pay for their journeys using NFC phones and contactless cards as well as magstripe credit/debit cards. The Revosys V5 Interactive Terminal will also display interactive digital advertising on its 10-inch touchscreen and offers a live surveillance feature that can be accessed from anywhere in the world via CDMA/3G and 4G connections.

Verizon to offer Curve with NFC

January 10th, 2012

US mobile network operator Verizon Wireless is to make the BlackBerry Curve 9370 NFC smartphone available to customers from 19 January. The device will ship with support for NFC pairing and tag reading applications.

Marketing to fix security worries

January 10th, 2012

A survey conducted by the GSM Association’s Mobile Money Live website has found that spending money on marketing is seen by most readers as the way to address user fears about NFC security. 35% of readers thought “a massive marketing campaign to address anxieties” was the best way to solve the problem while only 29% suggested that introducing extra security would be the best way ahead.

Porsche BlackBerry NFC phone arrives at Harrods

January 5th, 2012

Iconic London department store Harrods has become the exclusive UK stockist of the NFC BlackBerry phone co-produced by RIM and Porsche Design. The Porsche Design P’9981 features a forged stainless-steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover,… More

VeriFone sets out its plan for Point

January 4th, 2012

VeriFone has completed its €600m acquisition of Point International, northern Europe’s largest provider of payment and gateway services and solutions for retailers and a supplier to PayPal’s NFC trial in Stockholm. Point provides point-of-sale technology… More

GlobalPlatform and SIMalliance team up on NFC apps

January 4th, 2012

GlobalPlatform and SIMalliance have announced they are to work together to create a standard way for mobile app developers to securely include calls to NFC secure elements from within their programs. The memorandum of understanding… More

20m Koreans to have NFC phones this year

January 3rd, 2012

Five million Koreans already have an NFC phone, says mobile network operator KT, and payments for bus, subway and taxi fares are the most popular NFC applications. More

US consumers “warming up to mobile payments”

January 3rd, 2012

23% of US consumers are now “very willing” to use their mobile phone as a wallet, a KPMG survey has found, but many consumers are still expressing privacy and security concerns. More

Visa Europe: 2012 to be contactless tipping point

January 3rd, 2012

87% of contactless cardholders in the UK, Poland and Turkey believe contactless cards will be “instrumental in bringing mobile contactless payments to market in the near future,” according to Visa Europe‘s latest Contactless Barometer survey…. More

Belle upgrades coming February

January 3rd, 2012

Nokia Belle, the latest version of the Symbian operating system which features “deeply integrated” NFC, is now pre-installed in new Nokia C7 and Nokia Oro NFC handsets says the Finnish phone maker. Over-the-air upgrades for existing handsets will be available starting from February.

Smartrac acquires NFC tag maker UPM RFID

January 3rd, 2012

UPM has sold its RFID and NFC business to leading RFID supplier Smartrac in exchange for shares in OEP Technologie, the majority shareholder in Smartrac. The deal will provide UPM indirectly with a 10.6% stake… More

Clubbers tap to call cabs

January 3rd, 2012

Club-goers in the Croatian capital Zagreb were able to order a ride home during December by tapping an NFC poster to call a taxi. In partnership with Nokia, the Aquarius, Groove, Mansion and Peppermint nightclubs all displayed smart posters which initiated a call to participating cab firms when tapped with an NFC phone.

Landesbank plans NFC payments

January 3rd, 2012

Germany’s Landesbank Berlin has begun testing NFC payments, using iPhones equipped with an iCaisse NFC case, in conjunction with Visa Europe and Swiss Post Solutions, a division of the Swiss postal service. The bank plans to begin offering an NFC payments service nationally next year.

China gets Nokia 801T with NFC

January 3rd, 2012

Nokia has announced the 801T smartphone, a Symbian Anna NFC device designed for use on China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network. The Nokia 801T is pitched as a high-end handset for business users and features a one-piece stainless steel back panel, a 4-inch touchscreen and mobile TV via an extendable antenna.

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