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NFC phones and tablets with fingerprint security protection “expected later this year”

May 14th, 2012

A new fingerprint sensor from Authentec is now being designed into a number of new devices so that NFC phone users can add an extra layer of protection to their mobile wallets, the company says. More

Allphones Arena delivers NFC offers to fans

May 11th, 2012

Australian mobile phone retailer Allphones has installed NFC-enabled promotional pillars at Sydney’s Allphones Arena, one of the largest stadiums in the country. “People can simply tap their phone to access exclusive offers from Allphones,” Andrew… More

MasterCard enters the mobile wallet market

May 9th, 2012

The payments network has announced PayPass Wallet Services, a digital wallet platform that will support NFC. Eighteen financial institutions, American Airlines and bookseller Barnes & Noble are among those who have signed up for the service. More

New Zealand gets first commercial NFC service

May 9th, 2012

Mobile network operator 2degrees and prepaid card issuer Snapper have teamed up to enable commuters in the city of Wellington to pay for public transportation and purchases in local merchants with an LG Optimus Net NFC phone. More

Martineau leaves Inside Secure

May 8th, 2012

Philippe Martineau has left NFC and contactless chip specialist Inside Secure, which recently floated on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange, to join NFC microSD specialist DeviceFidelity as VP of business development. Martineau had been in charge of Inside’s NFC business since 2006. Fabrice Jogand-Coulomb has also joined DeviceFidelity, from SanDisk, as VP of product management.

Ericsson launches NFC TSM development kit

May 8th, 2012

Global mobile commerce platform provider Ericsson IPX has announced an NFC Trusted Service Manager (TSM) development kit that allows secure NFC application developers to test their apps in a live, controlled environment. The development kit… More

MasterCard certifies more NFC phones, introduces a new logo

May 4th, 2012

NFC phones developed by HTC, Intel, LG Electronics, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony have all now been certified for contactless payments — and have the right to carry a new ‘MasterCard PayPass Ready’ logo. More

Oman cinemas test NFC

May 4th, 2012

The City Cinema chain in Oman has been testing out NFC smart posters to enable customers to find out more about forthcoming movies. The solution, which offers links to move trailers, was implemented for City Cinema… More

Samsung Galaxy S III expands NFC P2P capabilities with S Beam for faster file transfers

May 4th, 2012

The newly announced successor to Samsung’s best selling Galaxy S II features NFC as standard and includes a new file transfer service that enables users to easily connect together two devices via NFC and automatically transfer large video and other files via WiFi Direct. More

MasterCard: Contactless cards can deliver 30% spending lift

May 4th, 2012

New research conducted by MasterCard has found that US consumers that make use of a contactless card increased their spending on that card by nearly a third. More

16m NFC SIMs shipped in 2011

May 4th, 2012

A total of 16m NFC SIMs were shipped globally in 2011, according to the SIMalliance‘s annual review of the global SIM market. NFC SIMs include an NFC secure element as well as standard SIM card functionality and are used by mobile network operators as the secure area in an NFC-enabled mobile phone.

Barnes & Noble to add NFC to Nook e-reader

May 1st, 2012

With an NFC-enabled Nook, you could “walk up to any of our pictures, any [of] our aisles, any of our bestseller lists, and just touch the book, and get information on that physical book on your Nook and have some frictionless purchase experience. That’s coming, and we could lead in that area,” the US bookseller’s CEO has told Fortune. More

ScholarChip brings NFC to Philadelphia schools

May 1st, 2012

The student ID card provider has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia and ACS to combine NFC phones, contactless student ID cards and transportation passes with the aim of cutting costs, creating a safer and more efficient student transit service and providing parents and staff with accurate student location information. More

Shift4 adds gWallet support

May 1st, 2012

Hospitality payments processing specialist Shift4 has added support for payments made via NFC phones equipped with Google Wallet. The solution includes swipe-ahead functionality, says Shift4, meaning that “customers can swipe their cards (or touch their phones) and then enter their PIN (or signature) before the merchant finishes ringing up the order. Once the order is completed, customers simply approve the amount, get their receipt, and are on their way. In busy retail environments, the short time saved by this option quickly adds up.”

Visa to launch digital wallet in UK, France and Spain

April 30th, 2012

“Our intention is that will ultimately be able to incorporate any or all of our new payment technologies, allowing our members to deliver the best possible payments experience whether face-to-face, online or in a mobile environment,” says Visa Europe’s Mariano Dima. More

Telecom New Zealand and Westpac test NFC with Auckland Transport

April 30th, 2012

The pilot follows the announcement that New Zealand’s mobile network operators are to partner with the operator of the country’s debit card and ATM networks to introduce a central TSM platform. More

O2 Wallet launches in the UK: NFC to be added “in time”

April 26th, 2012

Amid on-going delays for the UK mobile network operators’ Project Oscar NFC joint venture, O2 has moved ahead with the launch of a mobile wallet that offers a suite of payments and marketing services to any mobile phone user, regardless of the carrier they get their mobile service from — with NFC to arrive later. More

Thinaire launches NFC marketing platform

April 26th, 2012

US start-up Thinaire has launched an NFC marketing platform that “details location, occasion, brand, and social interaction so ROI can be determined, and then provides input for future one-to-one efforts”. The platform has been undergoing… More

Canadian carriers to launch NFC payments ‘within six months’

April 25th, 2012

Negotiations between Canada’s telecoms companies and banks are in the final stages and mobile network operator Rogers Communications expects to launch a mobile wallet service within six months, Reuters reports. “In Canada, we are more ready… More

Google Wallet: We’re in it for the long haul, says search giant

April 25th, 2012

“It’s still very early days for mobile payments and we know [it] will take time to build a mobile commerce ecosystem, but we’re very committed to this goal and are encouraged by the progress we’ve made to date,” says the search giant, as it makes unlocked Galaxy Nexus NFC phones available for US$399. More

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