News about the NFC market in Korea — trials, pilots, tests and live services.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
April 25th, 2012
Some 40,000 Samsung staff based at the electronics giant's headquarters in Suwon, South Korea, are to begin using NFC phones instead of ID badges to gain access to buildings during the second half of 2012,...
March 13th, 2012
The first international NFC marketing service is to go live on 1 April, allowing customers of NTT Docomo and KT to collect and redeem special offers from NFC posters in both Japan and Korea — and payments and ticketing services as well as the participation of carriers in additional Asian countries are set to follow.
February 21st, 2012
Smartphone maker LG has unveiled the Optimus LTE Tag, a new smartphone destined for the Korean market. The handset has a 4.3-inch touch screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, and runs Android 2.3. It also has...
February 20th, 2012
This year's World Expo in Yeosu, Korea is to include NFC-based payments, food ordering, entrance tickets and parking as well as an NFC shopping wall and access to multilingual information on exhibits and transportation.
January 3rd, 2012
Five million Koreans already have an NFC phone, says mobile network operator KT, and payments for bus, subway and taxi fares are the most popular NFC applications.
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.
December 18th, 2011
Korea's leading mobile network operators, card networks, phone manufacturers and government agencies have joined forces to provide shoppers in Seoul's busiest shopping district with a wide range of NFC services including payments, couponing, smart posters and digital receipts.
December 6th, 2011
Telecoms research institute ETRI has established a standard way for Korean merchants to deliver receipts to NFC mobile phones, allowing stores to cut out the need to print paper sales slips.
October 4th, 2011
Korean mobile network operator KT is adding smart posters to bus stops across Gyeonggi Province. Travellers will be able to use the posters to download real-time bus service information via NFC tags or QR codes.