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Far EasTone picks Morpho for NFC payments and rewards pilot

July 31st, 2013

Taiwanese carrier Far EasTone has chosen ID technology provider Morpho to provide the TSM platform for its upcoming NFC payments trial, which will see users able to make purchases in stores, pay for public transportation… More

Cashcloud to support NFC

July 31st, 2013

Cloud-based wallet provider Cashcloud has secured second round funding as it looks towards adding NFC payments. Cashcloud says it hopes to become an all-in-one solution in Europe where users can send and receive money, apply parental controls, pay online, and pay in-store using MasterCard PayPass via NFC.

ING Romania launches NFC wallet

July 31st, 2013

ING Bank Romania has made its ING Pay NFC mobile wallet available to customers, after a year-long in-house trial. Available for customers with an iPhone 4, 4S or a Samsung Galaxy handset, the ING Pay… More

Telenor to launch NFC wallet in Norway

July 31st, 2013

Norwegian telco Telenor‘s Valyou NFC mobile wallet is set for a commercial launch during the third quarter of 2013, in conjunction with banking group DNB. TSM Nordic, jointly owned by Telenor and DNB, will act as… More

Isis releases pilot test results

July 31st, 2013

Analysis by carrier-owned NFC mobile payments venture Isis of its pilot tests in the cities of Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas has found that more than 80% of transactions take place at everyday… More

Isis reports NFC phone stats

July 31st, 2013

Close to 20m smartphones in the US are equipped with NFC technology “with millions more being shipped each month”, NFC joint venture Isis has revealed as it announces plans to launch nationally this year. “Thirty-five mobile devices across AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US Inc and Verizon Wireless currently support Isis and that number will continue to grow. Support for iPhone, Windows Phone and Blackberry 10 is expected to be introduced later this year.”

Jamba drives foot traffic with Isis

July 31st, 2013

“Our offer program was successful in driving incremental foot traffic, increasing the frequency of consumer store visits and introducing Jamba Juice to first-time customers,” says James White, CEO of Jamba Juice, as Isis prepares to introduce NFC payments across the US later this year. “We are now making plans to expand nationally with Isis so that all our franchisees can enjoy the benefits we have seen in our pilot markets.”

Coca-Cola reports on Isis loyalty project

July 31st, 2013

“More than one-third of active Isis Mobile Wallets users in Austin have loaded a My Coke Rewards card into their wallet since our pilot began and 90 percent of these are new to the My… More

Isis to launch NFC mobile payments across the US in 2013

July 31st, 2013

NFC mobile payments are to be available to consumers across the United States from “later this year” following successful pilots in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah, the Isis joint venture between carriers AT&T… More

News America Marketing rolls out NFC advertising in US stores

July 30th, 2013

Coupon publisher News America Marketing (NAM) is making NFC at-shelf promotions available to the majority of its 52,000 member retail network in the US, in partnership with NFC specialist Thinaire. The new SmartSource with NFC… More

Nokia to offer NFC and Bluetooth Treasure Tags?

July 30th, 2013

Nokia is readying the Treasure Tag, a proximity sensor accessory for Lumia handsets that uses a combination of NFC and Bluetooth to track personal items, reports The Verge. NFC is used to pair the accessory… More

No secure element in new Nexus 7

July 30th, 2013

Google has not included a secure element in the new version of its Nexus 7 tablet, Google’s Peter Hazlehurst has told Android Police, and the tablet is not therefore able to support Google Wallet NFC payments. The device does, however, support NFC read/write capabilities via Android Beam. The HTC One Play Edition also does not include an embedded SE, Hazlehurst added.

Linkett transforms ordinary TVs into interactive ad panels

July 30th, 2013

Canadian digital signage network WestonExpressions has introduced Linkett, a device that plugs into a USB or HDMI connection to transform standard TVs into NFC-enabled interactive advertising displays. Linkett also contains a motion sensor that recognises… More

HealthID introduces NFC medical bands and cards

July 30th, 2013

HealthID Profile, a health management solutions provider, has introduced wristbands and cards that store important personal health details and can be accessed by an NFC phone in a medical emergency. The products, which can be… More

USPS offers NFC discounts

July 29th, 2013

The US Postal Service is offering marketers a 2% discount if they incorporate NFC, 2D barcodes or augmented reality in their direct mail campaigns between August 1 and September 30, reports Direct Marketing News. On the topic of NFC, VP of new products and innovation Gary Reblin said: “Market penetration may take some time, but it’s a natural fit, with the way consumers interact with their mobile phones and direct mail.”

iCashTV adds NFC to in-store advertising platform

July 29th, 2013

iCashTV, an in-store digital advertising network for check cashing and currency exchange offices, is introducing Blue Bite’s mTag NFC platform across the US. The NFC tags will be located next to teller windows at hundreds… More

O’Dea offers designer wireless charging stations with NFC

July 29th, 2013

Creative design studio O’Dea has developed a series of upmarket wireless induction charging pads that include embedded NFC tags. Both the US$449 black cherry wood and felt Cherry Charger and the US$549 concrete and cork… More

World Swimming Champs use NFC

July 29th, 2013

The World Swimming Championships, currently taking place in Barcelona, is using Connecthings’ AdTag platform to promote the event and make information available to spectators. More than 600 NFC tags have been placed across the Spanish city, allowing visitors to obtain the latest results, the competition schedule and download the accompanying app.

ABI includes NFC in smartphone feature set winners

July 26th, 2013

NFC has been picked out by analysts at ABI Research as one of four feature set big winners in smartphones this year, along with accelerometers, vision-based gesture recognition and gyroscopes. “NFC has been one of the… More

Wind and BNL test NFC payments

July 26th, 2013

Italian mobile network operator Wind has teamed up with banking group BNL BNP Paribas, payments processor SIA and MasterCard to test NFC payments. The YouPass BNL service lets customers use a Samsung NFC phone to charge payments to a BNL Classic credit card stored on a Gemalto NFC SIM.

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