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    Less than 10% of US consumers willing to pay for mobile payments

    Less than 10% of US consumers willing to pay for mobile payments

    February 18th, 2011

    Less than one in 10 consumers in the US are prepared to pay for mobile payment and banking services, despite a surge in use in the past year. Research from the Yankee Group has found… More

    Orange UK launches NFC ready ‘Orange Cash’ account

    Orange UK launches NFC ready ‘Orange Cash’ account

    February 17th, 2011

    Orange UK has launched Orange Cash, a prepaid account that can be used at any MasterCard accepting merchant equipped with a contactless point-of-sale terminal. The new Orange Cash account is currently available in the form… More

    European telco CEOs agree to work together on NFC standards

    European telco CEOs agree to work together on NFC standards

    February 17th, 2011

    Five of Europe’s largest mobile network operators — Orange UK, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom Orange, Vodafone and Telecom Italia — have agreed to work together to develop NFC standards, FierceWireless reports, “in hopes it will… More

    UK to get five ‘exclusively NFC payment-based towns’ by end 2011

    UK to get five ‘exclusively NFC payment-based towns’ by end 2011

    February 16th, 2011

    The UK’s mobile network operators are working on plans to establish five exclusively NFC payment-based towns, where all card accepting merchants would be equipped with contactless point of sale terminals, Charlotte Blanchard, director of products… More

    ZTE to include NFC in all new phones from Q2 2011

    ZTE to include NFC in all new phones from Q2 2011

    February 16th, 2011

    Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE, now the world’s fourth largest mobile phone maker, has announced it is to include NFC functionality in all its next generation handsets from the second quarter of this year. ZTE has… More

    NXP and Continental demonstrate concept car with embedded NFC

    NXP and Continental demonstrate concept car with embedded NFC

    February 15th, 2011

    NXP is showcasing a concept car developed by automotive supplier Continental at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The Continental concept car is designed to demonstrate how NXP’s NFC technology and Continental’s automotive… More

    NXP and G&D confirm joint Android NFC secure element interface

    NXP and G&D confirm joint Android NFC secure element interface

    February 15th, 2011

    NXP Semiconductors and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) have confirmed that the two are working together on the development of Android NFC solutions for handset manufacturers, as uncovered earlier this week by mobile and NFC experts… More

    Libyan mobile operators test new NFC solution from Nokia Siemens Networks and MoreMagic

    Libyan mobile operators test new NFC solution from Nokia Siemens Networks and MoreMagic

    February 15th, 2011

    LPTIC (Libya Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Holding Company) has begun a four month NFC payments trial, in conjunction with Al Madar and Libyana, the country’s two leading mobile operators. After the trial, LPTIC plans… More

    Morpho announces NFC key fob that connects to any WiFi phone

    Morpho announces NFC key fob that connects to any WiFi phone

    February 15th, 2011

    A new NFC-enabled key fob has been developed by Morpho and Simlink, hot on the heels of a white paper from German car manufacturer BMW outlining its vision for an NFC-enabled ‘car key of the… More

    Oberthur signs Mifare NFC licensing deal

    Oberthur signs Mifare NFC licensing deal

    February 15th, 2011

    NXP Semiconductors and Oberthur Technologies have announced a licensing agreement for NXP’s Mifare contactless card technology, enabling Oberthur to integrate Mifare transport ticketing and other applications into its NFC SIM cards. Under the agreement, Oberthur… More

    Deutsche Telekom to launch NFC service in 2011

    Deutsche Telekom to launch NFC service in 2011

    February 15th, 2011

    German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom, which has over 129 million mobile customers under the T-Mobile brand name in multiple European countries as well as the United States, has announced plans to introduce commercial NFC services… More

    Airtel Africa to launch NFC services in fifteen African countries

    Airtel Africa to launch NFC services in fifteen African countries

    February 14th, 2011

    Mobile network operator Airtel Africa is to launch NFC services in Kenya, Tanzania, Gabon and a further nine African countries in early 2011, its NFC technology partner Oberthur Technologies has announced at the Mobile World… More

    Google expands NFC Hotpot marketing service to Austin, Texas

    Google expands NFC Hotpot marketing service to Austin, Texas

    February 14th, 2011

    Google has picked the city of Austin, Texas as the second location for its rollout of NFC-based marketing services. The move follows the December launch of Google’s first NFC service in Portland, Oregon. “The Internet… More

    Qualcomm adds NFC to Snapdragon chipsets

    Qualcomm adds NFC to Snapdragon chipsets

    February 14th, 2011

    Mobile chipset giant Qualcomm has announced that the next generation of its Snapdragon mobile chipset family will include support for near field communication. The new generation of Snapdragon devices use a new processor micro-architecture known… More

    Orange to offer Samsung Wave 578 NFC across Europe — but not in the UK

    February 14th, 2011

    “With the availability of new NFC-enabled devices from Samsung, and many more from our other handset partners to come in 2011, we are moving closer to a world in which we believe mobile contactless services will soon become the norm,” says Orange’s EVP of mobile services. More

    Samsung unveils second NFC phone: The Samsung Wave 578

    Samsung unveils second NFC phone: The Samsung Wave 578

    February 14th, 2011

    Samsung has announced a second mobile phone equipped with near field communication functionality at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Samsung Wave 578 runs on the handset maker’s own Bada smartphone platform, for which… More

    Samsung Galaxy S II will come with NFC — but only in some markets

    February 13th, 2011

    The decision on whether or not the devices shipped into a particular country will be equipped with NFC will depend on “market requirement”, says Samsung. More

    O2 UK commits to commercial NFC launch in second half of 2011

    February 13th, 2011

    “My ambition would be to engage a very substantial proportion of the O2 customer base,” James Le Brocq, head of O2 UK’s financial services division, told NFC World, as the mobile network operator confirmed plans to launch commercial NFC services in the UK later this year. More

    Gentag announces low-cost NFC/RFID phone

    February 10th, 2011

    The US$119 GT-601 NFC handset is designed for “people who are concerned only with basic voice communication, mobile payments, social networks, and diagnostics using a low-cost mobile wireless device,” says Gentag.  More

    Inside Secure bids for share of Android NFC chip market

    February 10th, 2011

    NFC and contactless chip specialist Inside Secure has begun the task of trying to convince the industry that NXP is not the only game in town when it comes to adding NFC functionality to Android mobile phones with the launch of version 4.2 of its open source NFC protocol stack. More

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