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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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