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    Powermat aims to combine NFC and wireless charging technologies

    Powermat aims to combine NFC and wireless charging technologies

    February 26th, 2011

    Israeli wireless charging specialist Powermat has developed an antenna that supports both near field communication and wireless charging, Forbes reports: By packing more features into one chip, Powermat aims to make its products more useful to consumers… More

    Tata Docomo to test NFC self-service kiosks in Hyderabad

    February 22nd, 2011

    Consumers can access up to eighteen different services from each self-serve kiosk to top up airtime, pay bills, download ringtones and more. More

    Deutsche Telekom details T-Mobile NFC rollout plans

    February 21st, 2011

    NFC services will begin in Germany and Poland in 2011 and in the US, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic in 2012. In Germany, the operator looks set to offer its own payments service but in other countries it will partner with other operators or with banks, depending on market conditions. More

    Google chief outlines vision for NFC

    February 21st, 2011

    Advertising is the key to the internet giant’s NFC strategy and Eric Schmidt provided delegates at the Mobile World Congress last week with clear examples of how the company expects to be able to take advantage of the technology. More

    World’s leading mobile operators commit to NFC — with the SIM as the secure element and the operators in control

    February 21st, 2011

    The GSMA has issued a statement outlining a commitment by leading global mobile network operators — many of whom have not previously been involved in NFC — to launch commercial services in 2012. “The operator community is focused on driving the standardised deployment of mobile NFC, using the SIM as the secure element to provide authentication, security and portability,” says the announcement.  More

    Bankinter to test NFC payments in Madrid

    Bankinter to test NFC payments in Madrid

    February 20th, 2011

    Bankinter, the sixth-largest listed banking group in Spain, has announced an NFC payments trial with Visa which will allow customers to have more than one card set up on their mobile phone. The bank, which… More

    MasterCard joins Visa Europe in adopting Wireless Dynamics’ iPhone NFC device

    MasterCard joins Visa Europe in adopting Wireless Dynamics’ iPhone NFC device

    February 18th, 2011

    MasterCard has revealed that, like Visa Europe, it is working with Canadian firm Wireless Dynamics to bring its payments services to iPhone users. In an article posted on the MasterCard blog, Mung-ki Woo, who recently… More

    Survey shows consumers will adopt mobile payments, despite security fears

    Survey shows consumers will adopt mobile payments, despite security fears

    February 18th, 2011

    Almost half of the most active mobile device users around the world would be prepared to pay for goods and services using their phones, despite only one in four in the US and Europe trusting… More

    Majority of Britons ‘uncomfortable’ with mobile device payments

    Majority of Britons ‘uncomfortable’ with mobile device payments

    February 18th, 2011

    More than half of UK consumers are distinctly uncomfortable with the idea of contactless payments made through their mobile device, according to new research. A survey by Vision Critical found that 51% report being fairly… More

    “Many, if not most” BlackBerry handsets to have NFC in 2011

    “Many, if not most” BlackBerry handsets to have NFC in 2011

    February 18th, 2011

    Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie has further confirmed the BlackBerry maker’s plans to add near field communication functionality to its mobile phones at the Mobile World Congress this week. “Many, if not most,” BlackBerry… More

    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

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