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    Archive for October 2012

    Asus unveils PadFone 2 with NFC

    October 17th, 2012

    Asus has announced a new version of its PadFone smartphone/tablet concept that includes NFC functionality. The 4.7-inch PadFone 2 phone is designed to neatly dock with the PadFone 2 Station, enabling it to be converted… More

    Orange adds contactless top-ups

    October 17th, 2012

    Orange France has partnered with POS maker Ingenico to enable prepaid customers to top up their accounts in stores via contactless stickers and key rings. “A salesman at the POS selects the product desired from the… More

    Italian postal service to introduce NFC payments

    October 17th, 2012

    Poste Italiane has announced plans for a comprehensive NFC payments service, which will begin rolling out in the city of Milan in December 2012. The post office’s new service includes a number of different elements:… More

    Kraft, NAM and Thinaire report on Bay Area NFC grocery store pilot

    October 17th, 2012

    The food giant, coupon publisher and NFC specialist partnered with grocery retailer Safeway for a marketing pilot which took place at five stores during August. More

    Airtag releases Mobile PayPass development kit

    October 17th, 2012

    NFC specialist Airtag has launched Airtag Kit, an all-in-one tool set designed to make it easier for banks, financial institutions and mobile network operators to develop MasterCard Mobile PayPass wallet applications. The Airtag Kit includes a… More

    Enstream sells off Zoompass wallet

    October 17th, 2012

    Canadian mobile network operator-owned NFC provider Enstream has sold its Zoompass mobile payments service to Paymobile, a financial technology company that provides program management services for a range of open loop prepaid and virtual card… More

    Isis Android app reveals list of permissions required

    October 17th, 2012

    T-Mobile’s Isis app for Android phone users can now be downloaded from Google Play, ahead of the NFC venture’s launch in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City. The app’s page on Google Play provides a… More

    Dubai to get NFC transit ticketing in 2013

    October 16th, 2012

    RTA, the Dubai roads and transport authority, has announced plans to introduce NFC ticketing across the emirate’s metro, bus and water bus services next year. More

    Logomotion launches NFC microSD card

    October 16th, 2012

    The new device includes two secure elements, allowing users with standard mobile phones to make both NFC payments in stores and securely access mobile banking and online payments services. More

    Winery automates grape picking wages with NFC

    October 16th, 2012

    A new system that uses NFC phones and RFID tags to track how many grapes each worker has harvested means Bodega Norton winery in Argentina now saves a day every week collating how much each worker has picked and what they should be paid. More

    Orange launches NFC in Poland

    October 16th, 2012

    The carrier has partnered with mBank and MasterCard for the national launch of Orange Cash, a commercial NFC service that is available on nine different mobile phone models. More

    Confidex adds rugged NFC tags

    October 12th, 2012

    Contactless ticketing and RFID specialist Confidex has unveiled a new generation of its Steelwave Micro rugged tags that comes with an NFC-compatible version designed for use in asset management applications. “The new Confidex Steelwave Micro II combines high mechanical quality as well as solid and consistent RF performance,” says CEO Timo Lindström.

    Yeldi picks NXP for NFC

    October 12th, 2012

    Indian mobile payments service Ara eTap, which was unveiled by Yeldi Softcom in July, has picked NXP and Identive to supply it with NFC payment tags. The service is due to launch “in the coming months”.

    Join NFC World for a webinar on NFC mobile keys and access control

    October 12th, 2012

    NFC World will be hosting a one hour webinar on “NFC in Access Control” on Thursday 25 October, and all readers are invited to participate free of charge. Daniel Bailin, director of strategic innovation at… More

    Rogers to launch NFC next week?

    October 12th, 2012

    Canada’s first commercial NFC payments service is set to launch on 15 October, according to documents seen by Mobile Syrup. Rogers and CIBC bank’s new “Suretap” service will launch with support for BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 NFC phones, the Canadian mobile news site reports.

    Samsung adds Galaxy S III Mini with NFC

    October 11th, 2012

    Samsung has announced a smaller, less powerful version of its flagship Galaxy S III handset. The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini features a 4-inch 800 by 480 pixel display, along with a 1GHz dual core… More

    NTT Docomo to take Japanese mobile wallet global

    October 11th, 2012

    The Japanese carrier, founder of Japan’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service, has signed a deal with MasterCard that will see its 17m iD mobile credit card holders being able to use a new generation of phones to make payments at MasterCard Paypass merchants in 41 countries as well as at 560,000 Osaifu-Keitai points of sale in Japan. More

    Proximiant raises funds for NFC digital receipts

    October 10th, 2012

    Silicon Valley-based start-up Proximiant has completed a new funding round and added QR code support to its NFC-based digital receipts and rewards service. Earlier this year, the company introduced a service that lets NFC phone… More

    Telefónica launches NFC transit trial in Spain

    October 10th, 2012

    The mobile network operator has partnered with CTA, the public transportation operator for Spain’s Asturias region, to pilot test a service that allows customers to charge transit ticket purchases to their mobile phone bill. More

    Vodafone Italia sets out NFC payments launch plans

    October 10th, 2012

    The mobile network operator is to launch commercial services in 2013 and is beginning with a pilot phase in Milan this month that will see customers being able to make payments for goods and services with an NFC version of its existing Smart Pass prepaid card. More

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