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Japanese carriers form NFC consortium

December 22nd, 2011

NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank Mobile have set up the Japan Mobile NFC Consortium with the aim of working together to coordinate the switch from Japan’s existing Osaifu-Keitai non-NFC standard mobile payments system to NFC. More

GSM Association issues new NFC handset requirements

December 19th, 2011

The mobile network operators’ association has published new specifications which could give carriers a major advantage over competing mobile wallet providers but, the GSMA says, the changes are due to technical rather than commercial reasons.  More

Google Wallet finds its way onto the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

December 19th, 2011

Just a few days after the launch of the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon, Android enthusiasts have found a number of ways to get around the US carrier’s attempt to block Google Wallet from its version of the phone and users are now successfully making NFC payments. More

Free Press files complaint with FCC over lack of Google Wallet on Verizon Galaxy Nexus

December 19th, 2011

US consumer rights organisation Free Press has filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging it to investigate Verizon Wireless’ actions regarding Google Wallet. “It appears as though Verizon Wireless is abusing its… More

35m NFC phones shipped in 2011

December 18th, 2011

The number of NFC handsets shipped worldwide in 2011 will total 35 million, according to IMS Research. Sales will accelerate over the next twelve months to reach 80 million handsets by the end of 2012, the forecasters predict.

Intel signs NFC deal with Inside Secure

December 18th, 2011

“We look forward to working with Inside to develop and bring to market a range of exciting connectivity solutions for mainstream consumer products that incorporate NFC features,” says the head of the semiconductor giant’s Mobile Wireless Group. More

New report maps out the current status and future trends in the NFC market

December 15th, 2011

A new research report by Sarah Clark, editor of NFC World, sets out the current state of play in the international NFC market, explains the critical factors for success, identifies the issues that remain to be resolved and analyses the opportunities for growth in the year ahead. More

No NFC in Windows Phone — yet

December 12th, 2011

Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” does not support NFC, Microsoft has told NFC World. The confirmation follows a report on Friday that the company had already designed NFC into Windows phones. “While near field communications is not currently supported on Windows Phone 7.5, it is coming. We expect NFC-enabled Windows Phone devices to ship within the next year,” said the firm, re-iterating plans announced by Andy Lees, Microsoft’s president of Windows Phone, in October.

Intel upgrades NFC Forum membership

December 9th, 2011

Intel has upgraded its membership of the NFC Forum from ‘Principal’ to ‘Sponsor’, the top level of membership. The move gives Intel a seat on the board of directors, among other privileges. “Intel believes NFC… More

Verizon and Google fire first shots in the mobile wallet wars

December 6th, 2011

“Recent reports that Verizon is blocking Google Wallet on our devices are false,” says Verizon. “We are continuing our commercial discussions with Google on this issue.” More

KPMG reports on consumer attitudes to mobile

December 6th, 2011

A new survey from KPMG has found that 41% of shoppers now use their phone to research products and services in-store and consumers are increasingly willing to share data with advertisers if it saves them money — but concerns over mobile payments security and privacy issues remain. More

Top Nokia NFC executives jump ship

December 6th, 2011

The handset maker’s lead delegate to the NFC Forum and its head of NFC business development for the Americas have now left the company. The UK-based VP of industry collaborations will leave at the end of December. More

Inside ranks in Tech Fast 500

November 25th, 2011

Inside Secure has been included in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The French company, which is expected to go public in the near future, has grown operating revenue 318% over five years. Mobile banking specialist Monitise also made the list, with 2,408% growth over the same period.

Trio of Sesames for NFC

November 22nd, 2011

Three NFC products have picked up Sesame awards at the Cartes trade show in Paris. NXP won the software category with its open source NFC host software stack for Android. The chipmaker also picked up the prize for the best mobility application with its PN65 integrated NFC controller and secure element. HID Global was also a winner, with its iClass SE secure identity platform taking the trusted internet and authentication category.

Swedish MNOs form payments JV

November 21st, 2011

Swedish mobile operators Telia, Tele2, Telenor and 3 have formed a mobile payments joint venture. The new company plans to launch a mobile wallet by mid-2012 which will allow Swedes to pay for services such as public transportation and parking. All operators will offer the same product, making it easier for customers to switch providers.

45 mobile operators commit to NFC

November 16th, 2011

The mobile network operators have signed up to support and implement SIM-based NFC in a move the GSMA says will “promote the global interoperability of services and accelerate time-to-market”. More

VeriFone buys Point in move to managed services

November 15th, 2011

VeriFone has acquired electronic payments specialist Point International from Nordic Capital for €600m (US$812m) as the POS terminal maker accelerates its transition to a managed services revenue model. Stockholm-based Point provides a range of services… More

Samsung ships 4m NFC handsets

November 15th, 2011

Samsung shipped four million NFC phones in the first eight months of this year, the GSM Association’s Nav Bains has revealed. The company had previously shipped just 100,000 NFC handsets in total. Bains, the trade association’s NFC lead, says that the technology has now reached a tipping point and that the GSMA knows of 26 commercially available handsets offering SIM-based NFC.

Qmuzik takes Vivotech to Africa

November 8th, 2011

South African mobile solution provider Qmuzik Technologies is to resell, implement and support Vivotech‘s NFC trusted service manager (TSM) software suite throughout Africa. “Qmuzik’s broad African footprint and local expertise make it an ideal partner to bring Vivotech’s proven NFC technology to the region,” says Vivotech.

New report compares the prospects for mobile payments technologies

November 1st, 2011

NFC-enabled mobile wallet solutions will become US consumers’ dominant mobile payments option for retail purchases while digital wallet applications will be most popular for mobile ecommerce payments, according to a new report from Parks Associates. More

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