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    Archive for January 2013

    TIM begins NFC pilot in Brazil

    January 31st, 2013

    Brazilian mobile network operator TIM, part of the Telecom Italia group, has begun a small NFC payments pilot in collaboration with MasterCard, Banco Itaú, Redecard and TSM provider Gemalto. The pilot involves fifty people who will be able to… More

    Sequent launches multi wallet platform for NFC phones

    January 31st, 2013

    The technology makes it possible to create links between payment cards stored in a secure element and multiple mobile wallets and apps, allowing several different mobile wallets to be supported on one NFC phone and enabling merchants and other service providers to build secure payments capabilities into their existing apps. More

    BlackBerry launches Z10 and Q10 smartphones with NFC

    January 30th, 2013

    “We will be a leader in connecting you to your internet of things,” says CEO Thorsten Heins as the Z10 touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phone and Q10 Qwerty phone are announced with NFC. More

    Telefonica rolls out NFC payments in the Czech Republic

    January 30th, 2013

    Customers with an NFC phone can now sign up at any GE Money Bank branch to begin making mobile payments. More

    T-Mobile Poland adds banks to NFC platform

    January 29th, 2013

    Customers of Getin Bank and Noble Bank are now able to access T-Mobile Poland’s MyWallet NFC service, the carrier has announced. MyWallet was launched in October 2012 and was available initially only to customers of Raiffeisen Polbank and… More

    Google Wallet gets a makeover

    January 29th, 2013

    A new version of Google’s mobile wallet app has been released, with a new look user interface and improvements to application stability and battery usage. More

    Toro sets up in Barcelona

    January 29th, 2013

    Hong Kong-based NFC wallet specialist Toro has opened a European research and development centre in Barcelona, Spain. Seven technical staff have already been recruited and an additional twenty developers and UI designers will be hired in 2013. “The Barcelona team is already working on a national NFC wallet deployment by one of the major European telecom operators,” the company says.

    Identive upgrades Tagtrail NFC platform

    January 28th, 2013

    Identive has extended the Dynamic Action Bundle rules engine used in its Tagtrail web-based NFC tag platform. The upgrade allows an unlimited number of actions to be assigned to each tag within a campaign and multiple… More

    Citi debuts Czech stickers

    January 28th, 2013

    Citibank is to issue contactless payment stickers to all new customers in the Czech Republic of its Citi Life, Citi Life Metropole, Citi Broker Consulting, Citi Billa and Citi CSA credit cards from February 2013. The stickers will also be available on request to existing customers. The move follows the launch of a similar service in Hungary in October 2012.

    Samsung promotes NFC with Galaxy pop-up store in Hong Kong

    January 28th, 2013

    Samsung is promoting the NFC S-Beam capabilities of its Galaxy smartphones with a smart poster-based store-within-a-store in Hong Kong. The Galaxy Pop-Up Store concept was developed by Hong Kong-based mobile and NFC specialist Aigens and… More

    HTC unveils NFC remote control for Butterfly smartphone

    January 28th, 2013

    The HTC Mini “provides a whole new way of human-computer interaction” says the phone maker, enabling users to make calls, text and access stored media with the tiny device while keeping their smartphone in their pocket. More

    NFC Forum adds payments, retail, consumer electronics, healthcare and transport groups

    January 25th, 2013

    “By helping us focus our efforts and expertise on the specific needs of key market sectors, the SIGs will enable the NFC Forum to facilitate and accelerate the delivery of exciting new NFC solutions to consumers,” says Forum chairman Koichi Tagawa. More

    Taiwan TSM plans face opposition

    January 24th, 2013

    The decision, taken yesterday by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission, to grant conditional approval for Taiwan’s five carriers and transit card issuer EasyCard to set up a national TSM joint venture for NFC payments and ticketing has not… More

    Samsung tests NFC window shopping in Amsterdam

    January 23rd, 2013

    The phone maker has teamed up with Dutch ecommerce merchant JeansOnline to make exclusive offers to Samsung phone owners who tap a TecTiles tag or scan a QR code at a pop-up store in the city centre. More

    Taiwan TSM project gets approval

    January 23rd, 2013

    Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has given the go-ahead for transportation card issuer EasyCard and the country’s five carriers to form a joint venture company to deliver NFC payments and ticketing services — provided the partners comply with a number of conditions designed to ensure a competitive environment is maintained. More

    Sony launches NFC tablet

    January 22nd, 2013

    Sony Mobile Japan has announced a 10.1-inch Android tablet that features a 1.5GHz quad core processor and support for LTE as well as NFC. The Xperia Tablet Z will begin shipping in Japan “this spring”.

    Bluebird cuts care costs with NFC

    January 22nd, 2013

    Sixty care workers in the UK’s Bath and North East Somerset area have begun using NFC phones to log their visits to clients’ homes. Bluebird Care is using Advanced Health & Care’s iConnect service to record… More

    Samsung confirms Galaxy S III Mini with NFC

    January 22nd, 2013

    Samsung has announced that an NFC version of the Galaxy S III Mini is now available. The device was announced with NFC in October 2012, but the first devices then shipped without the functionality. Now, says… More

    RIM picks Bell ID for NFC token management

    January 22nd, 2013

    “We selected Bell ID for their broad experience within multiple vertical markets and proven technical ability to manage infrastructure complexity,” says Andrew Bocking, senior vice president of software product management at RIM. More

    Telefónica O2 to begin beta testing NFC payments in Germany

    January 21st, 2013

    “Soon, children will only know from history books what a wallet and hard cash are,” says René Schuster, CEO of Telefónica Germany, as the carrier prepares to make NFC payments available to customers from next month. More

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