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News about the NFC market in Korea — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

KDDI, SK Planet, Chunghwa Telecom and HKT form Asia NFC Alliance

February 25th, 2014

Japanese carrier KDDI, Korea’s SK Planet, Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom and Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) are to work together to spread adoption of NFC services in Asia, using a shared NFC tag specification, brand mark and… More

LG updates NFC pocket printer

January 7th, 2014

Electronics giant LG has shown off an updated version of its NFC-enabled smart mobile printer at CES 2014. The Pocket Photo 2.0 enables users to print 5.1cm by 7.6cm photos directly from their tablet or smartphone. Available in Korea from mid-January, the device also includes Bluetooth and is compatible with Android, Windows Phone 8 and iOS.

LG unveils curved NFC phablet

October 30th, 2013

LG has launched an NFC phablet with a curved 6-inch HD Oled display offering “an Imax-like experience” when watching videos in landscape mode. The G Flex runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features a Snapdragon… More

SK Planet’s radical touchpoint design sees NFC interaction soar

October 24th, 2013

A radical new NFC touchpoint design, coupled with the offer of nationally redeemable rewards, led to consumer interactions increasing by a factor of more than 20 at a recent exhibition in Korea, SK Planet has… More

Samsung launches Galaxy Round NFC smartphone with curved display

October 10th, 2013

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Round, a premium NFC smartphone with a curved 5.7-inch Full HD display which will go on sale in Korea for KRW1,089,000 (US$1,000). As well as being easier to grip thanks… More

LG cooks up NFC oven

August 21st, 2013

Korean electronics manufacturer LG has unveiled the LG Lightwave Dios oven, its latest appliance to incorporate NFC. With an accompanying smartphone app busy home chefs can pick recipes and then set the required temperature and timings for cooking by tapping their handset to the oven.

Korean art show picks NFC

July 25th, 2013

An exhibition at Seoul’s Savina Museum of Contemporary Art is to use NFC to allow visitors to download high definition images, delve into the stories behind each photograph and write and share reviews on Facebook…. More

Daewoo fridge includes dynamic NFC tag

July 24th, 2013

Korean electronics manufacturer Dongbu Daewoo has introduced the Classe Cube, a refrigerator which includes NFC technology provided by STMicroelectronics. A built-in M24LR dynamic NFC/RFID tag collects and transfers sensor data from the fridge to an… More

Asian mobile alliance promotes NFC with poster campaign

June 3rd, 2013

The Conexus Mobile Alliance, a regional grouping of mobile network operators, is promoting NFC throughout Asia with a “Tap and Get” smart poster campaign. Tap and Get rewards customers of Korean carrier KT or Japanese… More

Casio picks STMicro for rugged NFC smartphone

April 22nd, 2013

The 4G LTE G’zOne CA-201L is waterproof, shockproof and dustproof, says Casio, and can be used for mobile payments applications as well as NFC read/write functions. More

Korean banks launch NFC payments service

March 20th, 2013

Sixteen Korean banks have introduced BankWallet, a prepaid NFC payments service that uses a platform developed by interbank clearing house KFTC. SK Telecom subscribers with an NFC phone will be the first to be able to use the new service and KT customers will be added soon. More

Japan, China and Korea to get international NFC roaming

February 25th, 2013

Mobile network operators in the three countries have agreed technical specifications that will enable consumers to make use of NFC payments and other services in both their home country and abroad. More

Seoul hotel provides guests with NFC keys

January 7th, 2013

The Hotel Sky Park Central in Seoul, Korea, has implemented an NFC-based smart guest room solution developed by LG CNS. Guests staying on the hotel’s 15th floor are provided with an NFC phone for use during their… More

Sixty banks and retailers sign up for new Korean mobile wallet service

December 12th, 2012

KT’s MoCa combines payment cards, coupons and offers stored in the cloud with a mobile wallet app that allows consumers to make payments at merchants via traditional barcodes, QR codes or NFC — providing retailers with the flexibility to use their prefered choice of POS hardware to close the “last inch” at the point-of-sale. More

Korean museum offers NFC visitors guide

November 15th, 2012

The National Museum of Korea is testing an NFC-based guide service. Visitors can download pictures of exhibits and get further information by reading NFC tags located near each item with an Android smartphone. They can also… More

Morpho ships NFC SIMs to KT

November 7th, 2012

Morpho has shipped 500,000 NFC/LTE SIM cards to KT, Korea’s second largest mobile network operator. KT expects that 20m Korean consumers will be equipped with an NFC phone by the end of this year.

NTT Docomo to take Japanese mobile wallet global

October 11th, 2012

The Japanese carrier, founder of Japan’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service, has signed a deal with MasterCard that will see its 17m iD mobile credit card holders being able to use a new generation of phones to make payments at MasterCard Paypass merchants in 41 countries as well as at 560,000 Osaifu-Keitai points of sale in Japan. More

NTT Docomo and KT to begin international NFC payments service

October 10th, 2012

“Docomo and KT plan to share the results of their commercial endeavor with global associations and standardization bodies, aiming to promote the realization of a commercial environment for globally compatible NFC services,” the Japanese and Korean carriers say. More

LG CNS to introduce NFC access control service

July 18th, 2012

The Korean IT services supplier has partnered with carriers KT and LG U+ to enable employers to use NFC mobile phones to replace staff ID badges. Additional services such as payroll integration and payments are planned for the future. More

Dragon gets NFC certification

June 25th, 2012

Hardware manufacturer Duali’s Dragon NFC reader has become the first product to achieve NFC Forum certification in Korea. The USB-based desktop device was tested by Korean certification laboratory KTC using equipment from Clear2Pay. The Dragon supports all four NFC Forum tag types and P2P mode and, says Duali, can also be easily integrated into ATMs, point of sale terminals and NFC-enabled kiosks.

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