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

Vodafone launches NFC SmartPass in Italy

April 10th, 2014

Mobile network operator Vodafone’s NFC mobile wallet and SmartPass prepaid payments service is to go live in Italy at the end of April. The service was launched in Spain in November 2013 and in Germany… More

eBay runs NFC ads on tables in coffee shops

April 4th, 2014

eBay has rolled out an NFC advertising campaign in 60 premium coffee shops across the UK to promote the online shopping site’s home and garden, DIY and technology sections. The campaign is being delivered using a… More

Vodafone Wallet goes Dutch

March 28th, 2014

Mobile network operator Vodafone‘s NFC-based mobile wallet and prepaid SmartPass account is now available in the Netherlands. The launch follows introductions in Spain in November 2013 and in Germany earlier this month. The service is also due to be launched in the UK “later this year.”

Kiroco launches NFC jewellery, scoops award

March 27th, 2014

UK-based Kiroco has won the Best Innovation of The Year award at London’s Wearable Technology Conference and Expo for a range of interactive jewellery that allows a recipient to tap an NFC phone to see… More

Clear Channel to take NFC advertising global

March 25th, 2014

Clear Channel Outdoor is to equip 75,000 out-of-home advertising sites in 23 countries around the world with its Connect mobile advertising platform, allowing consumers to interact with brands via NFC tags, QR codes and, in… More

Payleven to offer NFC mPOS

March 19th, 2014

European mobile point of sale specialist Payleven is to introduce a chip and pin reader that supports NFC and contactless card transactions during the second half of 2014. The device “will be offered for a much lower price than other NFC card readers currently on the market and will significantly broaden the potential for smaller businesses in the UK to accept NFC card payments,” the company says.

Znap takes NFC to New York and Liverpool music festivals

March 18th, 2014

Mobile payments provider Znap has showcased NFC payments at the New York Sound City conference and music festival and will also introduce its solution in the UK at a Liverpool Sound City event on May… More

Flypay raises £1m to develop NFC and QR based restaurant payment app

March 12th, 2014

Flypay has raised £1 million from mobile payment specialist Entree Capital to further develop its restaurant-based mobile payment app, which uses NFC and QR codes to enable consumers to pay at their table at participating… More

Portsmouth FC engages fans with NFC

March 11th, 2014

Portsmouth Football Club has added stickers containing NFC tags and QR codes to the back of seats in its stadium, enabling fans to enter a Man of the Match competition by tapping or scanning the… More

Tap to review on Tripadvisor

February 27th, 2014

Hotels, bars, pubs and restaurants listed on Tripadvisor can now let customers leave reviews with a tap of their NFC phone, using a new service from Wooshping that connects customers directly to the venue’s Tripadvisor page. A range of posters, table tents, stickers and keyfobs can be used to promote the service. QR codes can also be offered for those without an NFC phone.

Aldi recruits graduates with NFC campaign at universities

February 25th, 2014

Discount supermarket chain Aldi has launched an NFC marketing campaign at nine UK universities, with the goal of inspiring students to apply for the company’s graduate scheme. By tapping their NFC smartphone on the NFC-enabled… More

Sony Music runs NFC promo

February 25th, 2014

Sony Music is using NFC to promote artist Foxes’ new single ‘Let Go for Tonight’, using NFC-enabled standees placed at the point of sale in coffee shops located around London’s Oxford Street. By tapping their… More

Weve partners with MasterCard for NFC payments in the UK

February 6th, 2014

Weve, the mobile commerce joint venture between the UK’s three largest mobile network operators, has partnered with MasterCard to add NFC payments to its offering. “We are in dialogue with all the major banks” and… More

UK retailer Argos pilots NFC marketing in 40 UK stores

January 30th, 2014

UK retail chain Argos is conducting an NFC pilot in 40 of its stores, enabling shoppers to tap their NFC smartphones to engage with store staff wearing NFC-enabled lanyards and have the latest offers sent… More

Five UK banks to launch Zapp NFC and QR payments

January 15th, 2014

The UK’s HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank are to provide their 18 million UK customers with the ability to make NFC and QR code payments from next year, using an online and in-store mobile payments service that integrates with the banks’ existing mobile apps. More

Toughphone adds rugged handset

January 13th, 2014

Phone maker The Toughphone has launched an NFC-enabled rugged smartphone with a ‘push to talk’ application that allows voice communications to be made instantly over the network’s data connection, like a walkie talkie. The IP-67 certified Defender is powered by a 1GHz quad core processor and runs Android 4.2. The dual-SIM handset features an NXP PN544 NFC controller and also boasts an 8 megapixel rear camera, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi.

O2 UK to shut down mobile wallet service

January 9th, 2014

Mobile network operator O2 is to cease operating its O2 Wallet service in the UK on 31 March. Launched in April 2012, the service included a range of money transfer, mobile shopping and offers services… More

One in three in the UK now aware of NFC

December 9th, 2013

Just over a third of British adults (35%) are aware of NFC-enabled mobile devices, with 9% saying they know that their personal device is NFC-enabled and 22% of those having used NFC to make a… More

Giraffe restaurants offer NFC treats

December 6th, 2013

London branches of Tesco-owned restaurant chain Giraffe have begun offering customers daily giveaways through NFC table tents as part of an online advent calendar campaign. Customers can retrieve a special offer, Christmas tip, free chocolate,… More

Nokia delivers NFC advent calendars to UK stores

December 4th, 2013

Nokia and NFC marketing specialist Wooshping have teamed up to put 1,500 NFC-enabled advent calendars in mobile phone stores across the UK. The ‘appvent’ calendars offer a different app, as well as the traditional chocolate treat, each day in the run up to Christmas. More

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