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    Nokia to bring NFC to New York commuters

    October 26th, 2011

    The handset maker has signed a deal with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority to test cloud-based NFC ticketing with Nokia phones by the end of 2011, the company has told NFC World. NFC payments will then arrive on Nokia phones for the first time at the beginning of 2012. More

    Google Wallet could launch today

    September 19th, 2011

    Google is rumoured to be on the verge of launching its long-awaited NFC-based mobile wallet today. More

    Card schemes should lead NFC terminal drive

    September 19th, 2011

    An online straw poll conducted by mobile industry association the GSMA has found that card schemes should lead the investment on merchant NFC terminals. One half of the respondents to a GSMA Mobile Money Live… More

    Acer launches entry-level NFC smartphone

    September 16th, 2011

    Acer is set to enter the NFC handset market in France with an entry-level device called the E320 Liquid Express — and could be about to NFC-equip all its future Android smartphones. More

    OSPT Alliance publishes open standard for contactless transit payments

    September 9th, 2011

    The organisation, which aims to establish an open standard for transport ticketing to rival Mifare, has made available the first version of its Cipurse specification. More

    NFC marketers form global alliance

    September 8th, 2011

    NFC specialists Blue Bite, Proxama and Tapit have formed an alliance that will see them working together to deliver global NFC-based marketing solutions. More

    Cashless festivals to take off in 2012, with NFC to follow in 2013

    September 7th, 2011

    Following the successful trial of Mastercard’s PayPass prepaid wristbands at the UK’s Isle of Wight Festival last June, cashless music events are set to take off in 2012 — with NFC in wide use by 2013. More

    French retailer tests NFC as aid for visually impaired shoppers

    September 6th, 2011

    The Casino supermarket chain is testing the use of NFC tags as a way for visually impaired and physically disabled customers to obtain product details including pricing and ingredient lists. More

    Deutsche Bahn to roll out Touch&Travel across Germany

    August 25th, 2011

    The service allows travellers to check in and out of rail stations using NFC or by scanning 2D barcodes, then the fare due is calculated by Deutsche Bahn and a bill for all journeys made is sent at the end of each month.  More

    Etisalat to roll out NFC payments in four more African countries by end of 2011

    August 25th, 2011

    The UAE-based mobile network operator is to follow the July launch of commercial NFC services in Tanzania with launches in four more countries by the end of this year, Etisalat has told NFC World. More

    German mobile operators to launch joint NFC payments service

    August 16th, 2011

    Vodafone, Telefónica and Deutsche Telekom are to launch a joint NFC payments service under the Mpass brand name early next year, beginning with NFC stickers and then moving on to NFC phones. More

    New production process could cut cost of NFC tags to “just a few cents”

    August 12th, 2011

    A new production process developed by a UK startup could reduce the cost of NFC tags to significantly under five cents a unit, making it practical for tags to be used in a wide array of new application areas. More

    UK Payments Council to build mobile payments platform

    August 8th, 2011

    The Payments Council, the industry body responsible for setting strategy for payments in the UK, has told NFC World that it is developing a platform that all British banks will be able to use to deliver a range of mobile payments services. More

    Nokia launches online NFC store

    July 22nd, 2011

    A new online service is designed to make it easy for businesses to begin using NFC by providing smart posters and business cards that enable customers to ‘like’ a retailer on Facebook, follow it on Twitter and check in on Foursquare as well as a range of other tag reading solutions. More

    Fujitsu puts NFC into cloud-based data transfer service

    July 22nd, 2011

    The new system could be used, Fujitsu suggests, to make it easy for executives attending a meeting to download presentation materials and meeting notes as well as to transfer them between phones and display equipment. More

    Retailer Narvesen starts NFC trial in Latvia

    July 21st, 2011

    Narvesen Baltija, a chain of 247 newsagent stores and kiosks across Latvia owned by Norwegian convenience store chain Narvesen, has launched a trial of NFC stickers at 10 of its outlets. Participants in the Riga-based… More

    Nokia: No mobile wallet support in current NFC phones

    July 21st, 2011

    Nokia’s C7 and N9 NFC phones are not equipped to support either an embedded secure element or an NFC SIM, the handset maker has told NFC World, so it won’t be possible to use them for mobile payments or other secure NFC services.  More

    Transport for London to accept NFC payments from 2012

    July 12th, 2011

    TfL has agreed to relax its transaction speed requirements to allow payments on London’s bus and underground network to be made via NFC phones and contactless cards from next year — and expects faster NFC phones and contactless cards to arrive in the near future. More

    Omnitel launches national NFC service in Lithuania

    July 11th, 2011

    The mobile network operator is using a system developed by Mokipay Europe that works with both NFC phones and contactless stickers linked to subscribers’ SIM cards to enable transaction notifications to be received on customers’ phones. More

    Europe’s mobile operators to create common NFC logo

    July 11th, 2011

    Europe’s big five mobile operators are working together to create a new logo for NFC, designed to be clearly recognisable and drive usage of the technology. More