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Has NFC missed the mobile payments boat or will the industry rise to the cloud payments challenge?

May 1st, 2013

In the April issue of Mobile Wallet Outlook the NFC World team examines why NFC is failing to gain traction in the mobile payments market, analyzes the range of cloud-based options available for those seeking to deliver mass market mobile wallets — and sets out in detail how MCX’s barcode and cloud-based wallet will work, when it’s likely to launch and who is already using the same approach today. More

Usat and Isis launch loyalty program for NFC vending machines

April 29th, 2013

USA Technologies (USAT) has teamed up with NFC platform provider Isis to offer a mobile loyalty program. Customers who use an Isis NFC phone to make payments at vending machines will get their fifth purchase free…. More

Flomio funded for Apple NFC

November 27th, 2012

NFC innovator Flomio has passed its target of raising US$80,000 on crowd funding site Kickstarter. The company now has the necessary investment to commercialise its FloJack NFC add-on for the iPhone and iPad, with first deliveries scheduled for March 2013.

Flojack on target for funding

November 21st, 2012

Flomio’s bid to crowdfund the production of its FloJack NFC add-on for iOS devices is just over US$10,000 away from its $80,000 target with five days to run. The company has also revealed plans for an NFC-enabled iPhone 4 sleeve called “FloCase” and added extra reward levels, including one aimed specifically at student developers.

Mobile Wallet Outlook: Merchants and new financial services players flex their mobile payments muscles

November 14th, 2012

In the November edition of Mobile Wallet Outlook, the monthly trends bulletin for subscribers to The Mobile Wallet Report, the NFC World team examines the role US merchants plan to play in mobile payments and how the move to mobile is creating new opportunities for alternative players to define the bank account of the future. More

China Mobile details NFC launch plans

October 31st, 2012

The world’s largest mobile network operator is to begin its mobile payments rollout in February 2013 and will stock a range of NFC phones supplied by eight handset manufacturers. More

Crowd funds iPhone NFC add-on

October 25th, 2012

Miami-based NFC specialist Flomio has turned to crowdfunding to finance production of a plug-in device that will bring NFC to Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The ‘Flojack’ is a lollipop-shaped NFC transceiver that plugs into an iOS device’s headphone jack. The first Flojacks will ship in March 2013 if US$80,000 is raised on Kickstarter by 26 November.

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

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

ANZ to launch NFC payments in 2013

October 8th, 2012

Australian banking group ANZ has begun an NFC payments field trial and announced plans to launch a commercial service in 2013. The small pilot project uses Samsung Galaxy S III Android phones. “ANZ has selected… More

Lockitron wins NFC lock orders

October 3rd, 2012

Lockitron maker Apigy has secured more than US$640,000 in pre-orders for a new version of its mobile phone operated door lock. The US$149 lock supports Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and NFC and is due to begin shipping in March 2013.

UK banks launch iPhone NFC payments service

October 3rd, 2012

The UK’s Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest banks, both part of RBS group, have launched TouchPay, an NFC payments service first announced in July. The service uses iCarte add-ons for Apple iPhone 4 and 4S devices. For the… More

New Zealand NFC partners to begin field trial

September 26th, 2012

Auckland Transport, Telecom New Zealand and financial services group Westpac have announced they are now ready to begin their first NFC field trial. Announced in April, the trial is being run in collaboration with Gemalto,… More

A1 tests NFC access control

September 12th, 2012

Austrian mobile network operator A1 reports that it has successfully tested a new NFC access control service called Airkey, developed by door lock maker Evva, IT specialist Rise and the Vienna University of Technology. 40 participants used Sony Xperia S smartphones for the pilot. A1 already operates an NFC payments service called A1 Paybox, which it is testing with McDonald’s.

Cellcom and ICC-Cal to offer NFC payments in Israel

August 17th, 2012

Israel Credit Cards-Cal (ICC-Cal) and mobile network operator Cellcom Israel have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop an NFC mobile payments product, Globes reports. ICC and Cellcom will establish a customers club on the basis… More

Juniper: M-payments to hit US$1.3tn

August 16th, 2012

Global mobile payment transaction volumes will increase nearly fourfold over the next five years to more than US$1.3 trillion, according to a new forecast by Juniper Research. Growth will be driven primarily by sales of physical… More

One2touch signs US$2m NFC keyboard deal

August 7th, 2012

One2touch has begun shipping NFC-enabled smartphone keyboards to Japanese firm Elecom in a deal worth US$2m. Elecom will distribute the keyboard in eight countries in the far east. The Touch & Type keyboard, first unveiled… More

RapidNFC adds NFC beer mats

August 7th, 2012

NFC tag supplier RapidNFC has partnered with UK-based printer Rutland Print to introduce beer mats that incorporate an NFC tag. The cardboard coasters, used in pubs to catch drips from drinkers’ glasses, can be full… More

100m NFC phones to ship in 2012

August 7th, 2012

The number of NFC-enabled mobile devices shipped worldwide will more than double this year to nearly 100m, according to Forrester Research, but mainstream use of the technology “remains three to five years away in most countries”.

Hands on with the Visa Olympics NFC phone

July 12th, 2012

1,000 Samsung Galaxy S III NFC phones equipped with a Visa mobile payments app are being distributed to “key stakeholders and decision makers” for the London 2012 Olympics, where all points of sale will be equipped to handle contactless payments — and NFC World has been testing out one of the limited edition devices. More

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