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Spotify adds NFC

September 6th, 2012

Music streaming service Spotify has added NFC support to the latest version of its Android app, allowing users to share music via NFC on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

Munzee adds NFC to geolocation game

September 5th, 2012

Geolocation game platform Munzee has added NFC capabilities to its service. Munzee combines the traditional scavenger hunt concept with gamification elements to enable smartphone users to claim rewards for finding hidden “Munzees” — tags posted by… More

Carriers get green light to launch NFC in the UK

September 5th, 2012

The European Commission has given its unconditional approval for the UK’s three largest mobile network operators to form a joint venture company to introduce NFC mobile payments and promotional services in the UK. More

Orange and Barclaycard add Galaxy S III to Quick Tap NFC payments service

September 4th, 2012

The UK carrier and card issuer’s service is now available on an Android smartphone for the first time and customers who activate Quick Tap on an S III by 5 October will receive a £50 credit they can use to make NFC purchases with their phone. More

Isis NFC phones appear on MasterCard list

August 29th, 2012

A number of NFC phones marked as approved for use by the three mobile network operator partners in NFC venture Isis have appeared on MasterCard’s list of approved mobile devices, adding to speculation that Isis is… More

Lilitab to offer iPad kiosk with NFC

August 29th, 2012

Tablet enclosure specialist Lilitab is to unveil an iPad-based kiosk, aimed at retailers, hotels, restaurants and event organisers, at TechCrunch Disrupt next month. The kiosk comes with the ability to add NFC as an option.

Isis to go live in September?

August 29th, 2012

US NFC venture Isis is on course to go live in September, narrowly managing to meet its planned launch date of “this summer”, according to Bloomberg, which says that Verifone CEO Doug Bergeron revealed the timing in an… More

Google: Isis model “not scaleable”

August 28th, 2012

“There are 8,500 issuers in the US and literally it will take them a lifetime to actually work through negotiations with all these issuers,” Google Wallet’s Robin Dua has told developers during an online Q&A session on its recent move to a cloud-based approach to card provisioning. More

Everything Everywhere signs mobile payments deal with MasterCard

August 27th, 2012

The exclusive deal between the payments network and the UK’s largest mobile network operator will see Everything Everywhere subscribers being offered a co-branded prepaid NFC payments product and a service allowing small businesses to accept payments using mobile devices. More

Singapore’s national NFC service goes live

August 27th, 2012

All three of Singapore’s mobile network operators are now offering commercial NFC services, enabling consumers to make purchases at more than 20,000 merchant points of sale across Singapore. More

Bangkok restaurant offers pizza ordering via NFC

August 27th, 2012

An NFC-based ordering system developed by Thai NFC specialist SAI Biz Solutions has been installed by Big Mama Pizzeria in Bangkok. Customers tap their NFC phone to a menu card to bring up a mobile site… More

Australian ski resort picks NFC for tourist info

August 27th, 2012

Fifty businesses in the Australian alpine resort of Falls Creek, the largest in the state of Victoria, have been equipped to provide information to visitors via NFC. The system enables visitors with NFC phones to… More

TrustNorway picks Bell ID

August 27th, 2012

TrustNorway has chosen Bell ID‘s TSM solution to deliver trusted service management services to customers in northern Europe. “Utilising Bell ID’s solution, TrustNorway will become the Nordic region’s first neutral TSM,” says David Orme, Bell ID’s CEO.

Telenor Hungary picks State Printing House for NFC

August 27th, 2012

Hungary’s State Printing House, Állami Nyomda, has announced it has been selected as Telenor Hungary‘s technical partner for NFC. Telenor Hungary is preparing to test NFC payments and loyalty services and is to participate in the Hungarian Mobile… More

Cellcom and ICC-Cal to offer NFC payments in Israel

August 17th, 2012

Israel Credit Cards-Cal (ICC-Cal) and mobile network operator Cellcom Israel have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop an NFC mobile payments product, Globes reports. ICC and Cellcom will establish a customers club on the basis… More

SEC filing triggers speculation on iPhone 5 with NFC

August 16th, 2012

Examination of a proxy statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission by Authentec, linked to Apple’s recent bid to acquire the firm for US$356m, has led to renewed speculation that the next iPhone… More

Discover signs up for Google Wallet

August 16th, 2012

Cardholders will be able to add their Discover cards to Google Wallet using a simple “click-to-add” process, via the card issuer’s online account centre, their Google account online or the Google Wallet app on their Android NFC phone. More

US retailers move into the mobile wallet market

August 15th, 2012

Walmart, Target, 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Publix, Sears, Shell and Sunoco are amongst a dozen major merchants that have formed a new company called Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) that will provide an alternative to services like Isis and Google Wallet. More

Apple gets ‘on-the-go shopping list’ patent

August 8th, 2012

Apple has been granted US patent number 8,239,276, entitled ‘On-the-go shopping list’. Originally filed in September 2008, the patent references NFC extensively. The abstract describes the system as follows: Systems and methods for providing shopping-related information… More

Fime to certify Isis devices

August 8th, 2012

Fime has become the first company to be authorised by Isis to certify products, including mobile handsets and secure elements, for the US NFC venture. “Rigorous testing of handsets and secure elements from the beginning and throughout the development process will guarantee quicker time to market for vendors,” says the testing specialist.

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