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More than 30 job openings now available at Isis NFC joint venture

More than 30 job openings now available at Isis NFC joint venture

January 17th, 2011

Isis, the joint venture between mobile network operators AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile which is set to introduce a commercial NFC service in the US from 2012, has posted more than thirty job vacancies on its website. Opportunities include roles in… More

First Android NFC apps begin to appear

January 14th, 2011

The first NFC apps are starting to appear in the Android Market, just weeks after the NFC-enabled ‘Gingerbread’ version of the mobile operating system made its debut. More

BlackBerry Torch 2 also set to come with NFC

BlackBerry Torch 2 also set to come with NFC

January 14th, 2011

BoyGeniusReport has added details of the forthcoming BlackBerry Torch 2 to its series of exclusive reports of new BlackBerry phones equipped with NFC. The BlackBerry Torch 2 will come with a 1.2GHz processor, 3.2-inch VGA… More

LG planning to launch $200 NFC phone?

LG planning to launch $200 NFC phone?

January 13th, 2011

Reports in two Korean publications suggest that LG is planning to launch a US$200 mass market phone with built-in NFC capabilities at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Both PlusNews and Etnews report… More

RIM about to launch two BlackBerry NFC phones?

RIM about to launch two BlackBerry NFC phones?

January 13th, 2011

RIM is about to launch two new BlackBerry phones equipped with NFC technology, according to BoyGeniusReport which has published images and specifications for the two new devices. The first is said to be the next… More

French government funds nine NFC cities

French government funds nine NFC cities

January 13th, 2011

The cities of Paris, Bordeaux, Caen, Lille, Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse are to join Nice in the next stage of French plans to deploy a national NFC infrastructure. Each of the cities is to… More

Samsung Galaxy S2 to launch with NFC at Mobile World Congress?

Samsung Galaxy S2 to launch with NFC at Mobile World Congress?

January 11th, 2011

The successor to Samsung’s hugely successful Galaxy S smartphone is set to launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, according to a report in Korean publication Etnews — and near field communication functionality… More

Google job ad confirms plans to enter payments market?

Google job ad confirms plans to enter payments market?

January 11th, 2011

Google has begun recruiting a ‘Technical Account Manager, Mobile Commerce’ who will be involved in building partnerships with merchants, card issuers and POS solution providers — indicating clearly that the internet giant plans to make… More

NFC news in brief • 10 Jan 2011

January 10th, 2011

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: ATM top-ups for travel cards • Visa adds mobile app • New boss for Mobey Forum • Washington Metro to go contactless • Square worth $200M? • Madrid picks Mifare Desfire EV1 • Think&Go NFC gets funding • Enstream adds Western Union to Zoompass • All Google staff to get NFC phones? More

Softbank stickers bring mobile payments to iPhone 4 in Japan

January 10th, 2011

The Japanese mobile network operator is to provide a range of stickers compatible with the Edy, Waon and Nanaco payments services from February, enabling iPhone 4 users to make use of Japan’s well established mobile payments services for the first time. More

Sitges trial results: Consumers pay more often and spend more with NFC phones than with cards

January 7th, 2011

Telefónica, la Caixa and Visa’s NFC payments trial in the Spanish resort of Sitges has seen significant increases in both transaction frequencies and purchase values but, the partners say, a mass deployment of NFC services is still three to five years away.  More

Inside and Kovio add NFC support to ultra-low-cost printed RFID tags

January 5th, 2011

“Consumers, while they shop, will be able to interact with smart labels on products and smart posters to receive product details, promotional offers, coupons, loyalty points, nutritional information, and other useful information to enhance their retail experience,” says Inside Secure. More

China Unicom launches commercial NFC service in Beijing

January 5th, 2011

Customers can now use their mobile phones to make payments on public transport services and at more than 2,000 other businesses by swapping their standard SIM for an NFC SIM+antenna device supplied by Watchdata. More

OTI introduces Copni NFC SIM+antenna device

OTI introduces Copni NFC SIM+antenna device

January 5th, 2011

Contactless specialist On Track Innovations (OTI) has announced a new NFC add-on. Copni (Contactless Payment and NFC Insert) is a SIM+antenna solution that supports credit, debit and prepaid cards, Mifare and loyalty programmes and enables users… More

Samsung to build NFC support into Bada operating system

Samsung to build NFC support into Bada operating system

January 4th, 2011

Samsung is to include support for near field communication in version 2.0 of its Bada operating system, the handset manufacturer has told delegates attending a developer day in Seoul. The first Bada mobile phone, the… More

Google to enter NFC payments market?

Google to enter NFC payments market?

January 4th, 2011

Google is working on a mobile payments and advertising service based on NFC technology, according to Bloomberg Businessweek: Google is considering building a payment and advertising service that would let users buy milk and bread… More

Watchdata produces two millionth NFC add-on

Watchdata produces two millionth NFC add-on

December 17th, 2010

Smart card and data security specialist Watchdata has produced its two millionth Simpass SIM+antenna NFC device, the company has announced. “This marks an exciting and a very fruitful beginning for Watchdata as we continue to… More

Monitise and Vivotech offer joint NFC solution to US banks

Monitise and Vivotech offer joint NFC solution to US banks

December 17th, 2010

Monitise and Vivotech have partnered to offer banks in the United States an NFC payments solution that combines Vivotech’s over-the-air (OTA) software and Monitise’s Mobile Money technology. “The partnership means customers of participating banks will… More

Orange to roll out NFC services across Europe in 2011

Orange to roll out NFC services across Europe in 2011

December 16th, 2010

Orange will begin introducing NFC services “in the majority of countries in which it has a presence” in 2011, the mobile network operator has told mobile phone manufacturers at a meeting in Paris on 15… More

HTC smartphones to support NFC

December 16th, 2010

HTC chief executive Peter Chou has revealed that the world’s fourth largest handset manufacturer has plans to add support for NFC functionality in its mobile phones. In a video interview with Mobile World Live, Chou… More

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