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UPM Raflatac and Hansaprint relaunch NFC tag personalization portal

UPM Raflatac and Hansaprint relaunch NFC tag personalization portal

March 4th, 2010

NFC and RFID tag supplier UPM Raflatac and printing group Hansaprint have relaunched TagAge, an online portal that enables customers to create and purchase customized NFC-enabled print products such as smart posters, tickets, labels and… More

Barclays increases contactless transaction limit by 50%

Barclays increases contactless transaction limit by 50%

March 4th, 2010

Barclays Bank has increased the transaction limit for contactless cards from £10 to £15. “Contactless technology is undoubtedly the future of payments and we are seeing it grow hugely in popularity,” says Brian Cunnington, head… More

EnStream begins Zoompass mobile payments sticker trial

EnStream begins Zoompass mobile payments sticker trial

March 4th, 2010

EnStream, the joint venture between Canada’s three leading mobile operators which operates the Zoompass mobile wallet service, has begun its first mobile contactless sticker trial. Launched by Bell Mobility, Rogers and Telus in June 2009,… More

Video shows how China Mobile’s RF SIM technology works at the point-of-sale

Video shows how China Mobile’s RF SIM technology works at the point-of-sale

March 4th, 2010

A reporter from Chinese IT portal Zol.com has produced a video report on China Mobile’s new RF SIM-based mobile payments service which shows the technology in action at a local supermarket. The video clearly demonstrates… More

China Mobile to buy stake in Shanghai Pudong Development Bank?

China Mobile to buy stake in Shanghai Pudong Development Bank?

February 26th, 2010

Bloomberg reports that China Mobile may be about to buy a 20% stake in Shanghai Pudong Development Bank at a cost of 40bn yuan (about $5.9bn). The move, if confirmed, would give China Mobile’s new… More

NFC takes two steps forward — and one step back

NFC takes two steps forward — and one step back

February 24th, 2010

OPINION: A host of new NFC products and initiatives were announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress but, it seems, we will have to wait until the end of this year before the first NFC handsets become widely available in the West. More

Visa appoints senior GSMA executive to head its move to mobile

Visa appoints senior GSMA executive to head its move to mobile

February 22nd, 2010

Visa Inc has appointed Bill Gajda as its new head of mobile. Gajda will join Visa from the GSMA, where he is currently the mobile association’s chief commercial officer, responsible for strategic initiatives including mobile… More

SK Telekom, Hana Financial to launch mobile contactless service in March

SK Telekom, Hana Financial to launch mobile contactless service in March

February 22nd, 2010

Hana Card, the Korean credit card issuer in which SK Telekom took a 49% stake in December, has announced it is to launch its new mobile proximity service in mid-March. “Our goal is securing 400,000-500,000… More

Vivotech picks Zapa for European TSM services

Vivotech picks Zapa for European TSM services

February 19th, 2010

Vivotech has selected Zapa Technology as its preferred partner for managed Trusted Service Manager (TSM) services in Europe. “Zapa Technology has focused on executing commercial NFC programs,” says John Nagle, the company’s CEO. “Having Vivotech… More

China Unicom to launch world’s first commercial single wire protocol based NFC service

China Unicom to launch world’s first commercial single wire protocol based NFC service

February 19th, 2010

The mobile operator has signed up five Chinese banks and five transport operators for the commercial launch of its NFC service, scheduled to take place during the second quarter of 2010. More

Nokia confirms cancellation of planned 6216 SWP NFC phone

Nokia confirms cancellation of planned 6216 SWP NFC phone

February 18th, 2010

“We felt the quality of the consumer experience was not what it needed to be,” Nokia’s VP of Industry Collaborations has told NFC World, but “our commitment to NFC remains as strong as ever.” More

Canadian mobile operators ‘plan to introduce NFC or contactless handsets within the year’

Canadian mobile operators ‘plan to introduce NFC or contactless handsets within the year’

February 17th, 2010

EnStream, the joint venture between Canada’s three leading mobile operators which operates the Zoompass mobile wallet service, aims to offer NFC or contactless enabled handsets to customers within the year, the company has told NFC… More

PhoobyBook introduces TouchTwits for NFC-based social networking

PhoobyBook introduces TouchTwits for NFC-based social networking

February 17th, 2010

Italian start-up FreeAccess has developed a new service that enables users to send each other Twitter-like NFC-based short messages by simply tapping their NFC handset over a friend’s phone. TouchTwits are part of a new… More

Cash still accounts for 78% of European payments

Cash still accounts for 78% of European payments

February 17th, 2010

Cash payments accounted for 78% of Europe’s 388 billion retail payment transactions in 2008, according to a new study by Retail Banking Research (RBR), and the cost of distributing, managing, handling, processing and recycling cash… More

MoLo launches mobile rewards programme in San Diego and Toronto

MoLo launches mobile rewards programme in San Diego and Toronto

February 17th, 2010

MoLo Rewards has launched its mobile rewards programme in the cities of San Diego and Toronto. First announced at DemoFall in September 2009, the service uses contactless stickers attached to users’ mobile phones to identify… More

Samsung adds NFC to bestselling Tocco Lite/Star/Player One/Avila

Samsung adds NFC to bestselling Tocco Lite/Star/Player One/Avila

February 17th, 2010

The bestselling touchscreen phone, known by a number of brand names in different regions, is to be used in trials in Spain, France and Dubai — but there are no plans yet to make the NFC version of the handset available at retail. More

Parkeur uses NFC to ease the pain of parking in busy urban areas

Parkeur uses NFC to ease the pain of parking in busy urban areas

February 16th, 2010

A team from French science engineering graduate school Polytech’Marseille has been shortlisted in the 2010 Simagine awards for an NFC application designed to ease the pain of parking in busy urban areas. The Parkeur application… More

Gemalto adds mobile coupons to its NFC products

Gemalto adds mobile coupons to its NFC products

February 16th, 2010

Gemalto has announced a partnership with leading coupon specialist HighCo that will see the company adding mobile coupons to its NFC Trusted Service Manager (TSM) offering. Using an application in the mobile phone, users will… More

Industry players to develop standardized NFC API for Android devices

Industry players to develop standardized NFC API for Android devices

February 16th, 2010

Trusted Logic has announced a new initiative to provide an open, standardized API for building NFC functionality into Android devices. “Trusted Logic and its partners have initiated a standardization effort for the NFC Android API… More

Over 1bn consumers to use mobile banking services by 2015

Over 1bn consumers to use mobile banking services by 2015

February 16th, 2010

The global customer base for mobile banking will reach 1.1bn by the year 2015, according to a new report from Global Industry Analysts. Convenience of mobile banking operations and the need to lower transactional costs… More

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