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World’s leading mobile operators commit to NFC — with the SIM as the secure element and the operators in control

February 21st, 2011

The GSMA has issued a statement outlining a commitment by leading global mobile network operators — many of whom have not previously been involved in NFC — to launch commercial services in 2012. “The operator community is focused on driving the standardised deployment of mobile NFC, using the SIM as the secure element to provide authentication, security and portability,” says the announcement.  More

Uncovered: The hidden NFC potential of the Google Nexus S and the Nokia C7

February 13th, 2011

Mobile and NFC experts Dr Gerald Madlmayr and Christian Kantner have taken apart both a Nokia C7 and a Google Nexus S to find out what’s inside and what kind of services it will be possible to offer via the handsets in the future — and to build a Nexus S that can operate in full card emulation mode. Here Dr Madlmayr explains what he and Kantner discovered… More

Apple planning to offer merchants low cost NFC payments terminals?

Apple planning to offer merchants low cost NFC payments terminals?

January 25th, 2011

The Apple NFC rumour mill has swung into action again today, with new speculation that the company plans to include near field communication in both the next iPhone and the next iPad — and could… More

Softbank stickers bring mobile payments to iPhone 4 in Japan

January 10th, 2011

The Japanese mobile network operator is to provide a range of stickers compatible with the Edy, Waon and Nanaco payments services from February, enabling iPhone 4 users to make use of Japan’s well established mobile payments services for the first time. More

Visa certifies DeviceFidelity’s In2Pay NFC microSD add-on for commercial deployments

December 14th, 2010

The payments network’s new compliance testing system means that Visa can now certify other devices and phones with built-in NFC functionality “in a heartbeat”, the company’s head of mobile product development has told NFC World.  More

NFC news in brief • 6 Dec 2010

December 6th, 2010

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Inside Contactless ships 250m cards, changes name • Visa matches phone and card locations • UK debit cards overtake cash • PayPal rewards best customers • Retailers test mobile POS • Mobile barcode usage up 30% • Which mobile OS where? • and more… More

NFC news in brief • 29 Nov 2010

November 29th, 2010

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: PingPing adds Coca-Cola • Indian banks offer mobile payments • GSMA investigates embedded SIMs • VeriFone buys Hypercom • Brands test Google Goggles • 500m to use mobile medical apps by 2015 • CPI hits 100M contactless cards • and more… More

DeviceFidelity adds NFC support for Android and Mifare

DeviceFidelity adds NFC support for Android and Mifare

November 24th, 2010

DeviceFidelity has announced that its In2Pay microSD format NFC devices can now be used in Android phones. In2Pay already works with BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows and Symbian devices and is being tested extensively by Visa member… More

Could Apple’s iTunes announcement include NFC?

Could Apple’s iTunes announcement include NFC?

November 16th, 2010

OPINION: The last 48 hours have seen a rush of announcements showing that near field communication is moving rapidly to widespread adoption: Android: Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt has revealed that the next generation Android Gingerbread… More

Think&Go’s rental model makes it easy for retailers to test NFC

November 15th, 2010

The near field communication specialist is offering a turnkey package that includes NFC application software and the opportunity to rent NFC add-ons so that all of a company’s customers in a particular location can be cost-effectively equipped to take part in a trial. More

Facebook distributes Bling Nation payment tags to staff amid rumours of a major Silicon Valley NFC plan

September 27th, 2010

The Bling Nation NFC sticker trial in Silicon Valley has expanded from its beginnings at PayPal’s headquarters to include the Stanford University campus, Palo Alto city services and Facebook’s offices — as rumours of a major NFC play by some of Silicon Valley’s leading companies begin to emerge.  More

NFC begins to get the attention of the mass market — but will it be a help or a hindrance?

September 16th, 2010

OPINION: After years of low profile technical development, it’s now becoming clear that the commercial arrival of NFC is going to be very high profile indeed. And that high profile is set to bring further complications to those looking to commercialise NFC services. More

Vivotech adds OTA provisioning to DeviceFidelity’s microSD format NFC device

Vivotech adds OTA provisioning to DeviceFidelity’s microSD format NFC device

September 8th, 2010

Vivotech and DeviceFidelity have partnered to add over-the-air (OTA) provisioning capabilities to the In2Pay microSD technology to be tested by Visa, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, US Bank and Akbank. The new solution enables Vivotech’s… More

Qualcomm hunts NFC specialist to head up digital development

Qualcomm hunts NFC specialist to head up digital development

August 31st, 2010

Wireless telecomms technology and chipset giant Qualcomm is set to become the latest mobile industry player to put an NFC expert at the heart of its digital development strategy. Qualcomm CDMA Technologies is looking for… More

US NFC payments market heats up — but advertising revenues will be the way to make it pay

August 18th, 2010

OPINION: Almost from nowhere, interest in near field communication technology has exploded in the US over the last few weeks as key potential market players have begun to reveal their hands. More

Apple hires NFC expert as mobile commerce product manager

August 13th, 2010

Benjamin Vigier has been involved in the development of near field communication technology since 2004 and most recently was product manager for mobile wallet, payment and NFC at mobile payments specialists mFoundry. More

Turkey’s Akbank and Visa Europe to test microSD NFC device

August 9th, 2010

News of Akbank and Visa’s trial follows the announcement in May that MasterCard, Garanti Bank and mobile network operator Avea are to begin a commercial NFC service in Turkey this summer. More

Apple patent introduces Products+ for NFC-based product promotions

Apple patent introduces Products+ for NFC-based product promotions

July 15th, 2010

Yet another NFC-related Apple patent application has been published, this time covering the use of an NFC phone to read a tag on a consumer product in order to obtain a benefit provided by the… More

Broadcom to enter NFC market, buys Innovision for $47.5m

Broadcom to enter NFC market, buys Innovision for $47.5m

June 18th, 2010

Semiconductor giant Broadcom Corporation has announced it has agreed to acquire UK-based NFC specialist Innovision Research & Technology in a deal valued at US$47.5m. Innovision has developed a suite of designs, patents and expertise, known… More

No NFC in iPhone 4G

No NFC in iPhone 4G

June 7th, 2010

Apple’s fourth generation iPhone sports a slew of new features but will not have built-in NFC capability. The company’s chief executive, Steve Jobs, revealed the latest version of the best-selling mobile handset during a keynote… More

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