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Visa responds to launch of Isis

November 19th, 2010

“I remain highly confident in Visa’s long-term growth and innovation strategy, including our plans to continue work with our partners to accelerate the adoption and usage of mobile payments,” writes Bill Gajda, the company’s head of global mobile product, in a post on the official Visa blog. More

Singapore issues request for proposals for national NFC TSM

November 19th, 2010

IDA, the government agency tasked with implementing a national NFC infrastructure for Singapore, is requesting proposals from consortiums to create and manage a next-generation open trusted third party infrastructure that all the country’s banks, transport operators and other service providers could use to deliver NFC services. More

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile confirm Isis mobile payments joint venture

November 16th, 2010

The new service is to be called Isis, will be introduced in key geographic markets “during the next eighteen months” and aims to ultimately eliminate “the need for consumers to carry cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes.”  More

Monitise, Best Buy Europe and Carphone Warehouse founder to launch Mobile Money Network

November 16th, 2010

NFC is likely to play a key role in the new venture as Monitise has already partnered with Visa and DeviceFidelity to integrate near field communication into its Mobile Money Manager platform. More

US telcos hire GE Capital CMO to head mobile payments joint venture

US telcos hire GE Capital CMO to head mobile payments joint venture

November 16th, 2010

AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA have hired Michael Abbott, the chief marketing officer for General Electrics’ GE Capital card business, as the chief executive of their NFC-based US mobile payments venture, according to the… More

Could Apple’s iTunes announcement include NFC?

Could Apple’s iTunes announcement include NFC?

November 16th, 2010

OPINION: The last 48 hours have seen a rush of announcements showing that near field communication is moving rapidly to widespread adoption: Android: Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt has revealed that the next generation Android Gingerbread… More

Eric Schmidt: Android Gingerbread 2.3 to support NFC

Eric Schmidt: Android Gingerbread 2.3 to support NFC

November 15th, 2010

“Android Gingerbread 2.3 will support near field communications to read RFID tags as well as communicate with other phones, payment systems and other possible applications,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt has told the Web 2.0 Summit… More

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Discover and Barclays to officially announce mobile payment joint venture plans

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Discover and Barclays to officially announce mobile payment joint venture plans

November 15th, 2010

Confirmation that AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA have formed a joint venture to introduce NFC-based mobile payments services in the US could come as early as tomorrow, according to a Reuters report. Discover Financial… More

Bling Nation to launch national US mobile payments service in early 2011

Bling Nation to launch national US mobile payments service in early 2011

November 15th, 2010

Bling Nation is set to roll out its mobile payments technology across the United States in early 2011, Forbes reports, and also plans to launch its service in other countries next year. The company “is… More

NFC news in brief • 15 Nov 2010

November 15th, 2010

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Banks deploy OTP cards • Qantas expands next generation check-in • Visa and Gap tie coupons to purchasing • iPhone users max their cards • Subway picks Facecash • Nokia retrieves Symbian • Mobile coupons gain ground • Barclays reports contactless stats • and more… More

Think&Go’s rental model makes it easy for retailers to test NFC

November 15th, 2010

The near field communication specialist is offering a turnkey package that includes NFC application software and the opportunity to rent NFC add-ons so that all of a company’s customers in a particular location can be cost-effectively equipped to take part in a trial. More

Nokia to switch on C7’s NFC functionality “in early 2011”

November 14th, 2010

A firmware upgrade enabling the C7 to handle a variety of NFC tag reading and pairing applications will be available from the beginning of next year, Nokia’s head of PR for France has told technology publication Teknologik. More

STMicro ready to put high performance embedded NFC secure element into mass production

November 12th, 2010

The new ST33 chip is certified by EMVCo and to EAL5+ and features the same 32-bit architecture used in the firm’s NFC SIMs, enabling handset manufacturers that build the chip into their devices to offer the same wide range of secure NFC services that mobile network operators can offer via an NFC SIM. More

NTT Docomo adds NFC tag reading to wide range of mobile phones

November 11th, 2010

NTT Docomo has begun the world’s first mass market deployment of mobile phones with NFC tag reading capabilities. Sixteen of the operator’s new range of mobile phones and a number of existing handsets will be able to perform both Osaifu-Keitai mobile contactless payments functions and NFC tag reading from next week. More

Sagem’s NFC Cosy Phone now available in France; UK and Ireland to follow soon

November 9th, 2010

The commercial launch sees Sagem’s Cosy Phone — an NFC handset announced in February this year and aimed at senior citizens and business users — become the first widely available NFC phone to support the Single Wire Protocol. More

NTT Docomo to switch to NFC in 2013?

NTT Docomo to switch to NFC in 2013?

November 9th, 2010

NTT Docomo is set to make the switch to NFC standard technology in 2013, according to a report in Japanese business newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The mobile network operator currently runs the Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet… More

UK government publishes e-money consultation document, aims to open up market to mobile operators

UK government publishes e-money consultation document, aims to open up market to mobile operators

November 8th, 2010

The UK government has published a consultation document and is requesting feedback from interested parties on planned changes to the way that electronic money is regulated in the UK. The document sets out how the… More

EU backs project that aims to add a secure element to a mobile device’s main processor

EU backs project that aims to add a secure element to a mobile device’s main processor

November 8th, 2010

ARM, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), Infineon Technologies, Brightsight and Graz University of Technology, Austria have received funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to develop technology that will enable a new kind of secure… More

NFC news in brief • 8 Nov 2010

November 8th, 2010

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: NXP CEO picks NFC • Nacha cuts out cards • P2P payments set for growth • Bharti Airtel picks up payments license • Facebook Deals a blow • Only 4% have checked out checking in. More

Metro Bank to issue mobile payments stickers in the UK?

Metro Bank to issue mobile payments stickers in the UK?

November 5th, 2010

Plans at Metro Bank, the first new retail bank to be launched in the UK for more than a hundred years, include the provision of contactless stickers that customers could attach to their mobile phones… More

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