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Bank SinoPac picks Morpho for NFC pilot in Taiwan

October 8th, 2013

Taiwan’s Bank SinoPac has chosen technology provider Morpho to provide an end-to-end solution for a mobile payments pilot that makes use of NFC microSD cards. During the pilot, VIP customers will be able to make… More

Google to introduce smartwatch and NFC ring, bake payments into Android KitKat?

October 7th, 2013

As speculation builds for the likely launch of the Google Nexus 5 and new Android KitKat operating system later this month, rumours suggest Google could also unveil a smartwatch and NFC ring. More

Vodafone, BNZ and Visa to trial NFC payments in New Zealand

September 6th, 2013

Mobile network operator Vodafone is launching a pre-commercial prepaid payments trial in New Zealand, in partnership with Visa and Bank of New Zealand (BNZ). The trial will make use of Samsung Galaxy S III and… More

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3 with NFC

September 4th, 2013

Samsung has unveiled its latest Galaxy smartphone, the Note 3, an NFC-enabled handset with a 5.7-inch full HD Amoled display and 13 megapixel camera which can capture 1080p video at 60 frames per second. A… More

Absa expands NFC payments trial

September 2nd, 2013

South African banking group Absa has expanded its NFC mobile payments trial to eliminate the need for microSD booster stickers and is now offering Samsung Galaxy S4 handsets to participants. The trial started in December… More

Dutch banks detail mobile payments pilot plan

August 30th, 2013

The mobile payments pilot to be conducted from next month by Dutch banks ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank in collaboration with the city of Leiden, Mastercard and mobile network operator KPN is to encompass 1,000 consumers and 150 businesses, the partners have announced.  More

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to include NFC?

August 20th, 2013

Samsung’s long rumoured smartwatch may be unveiled as early as next month and could boast NFC as one of its many features. Bloomberg first reported that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will make its debut on… More

Sprint brings Samsung Ativ S Neo to US

August 20th, 2013

An updated version of Samsung’s Windows Phone 8 Ativ S, the Ativ S Neo, is now available to Sprint customers in the US. The Ativ S Neo is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Krait processor… More

Tatra Banka launches NFC payments in Slovakia with Orange and O2

August 16th, 2013

Orange Slovakia and O2 subscribers who also have an account with Tatra Banka can now make NFC payments at contactless terminals across the country. To use the service, customers need an NFC SIM card, available… More

NFC pilot to begin in Chile

August 14th, 2013

Mobile network operator Movistar has partnered with Banco Santander, Samsung, Oberthur Technologies and MasterCard to conduct Chile’s first NFC payments trial. Two hundred people will take part in the pilot, using Samsung Galaxy S III mobile phones running an NFC payments app developed by Movistar and Banco Santander. A commercial launch is planned “before the end of 2013”.

NXP predicts flat NFC sales despite loss of key customer

August 7th, 2013

NXP Semiconductors has reported a decline in sales for its ID business in Q2 2013, citing a fall in mobile transaction revenue following the loss of a key customer. Overall, sales for the chip maker’s mobile transaction business “will be roughly flat year-on-year”, said CEO Rick Clemmer in an earnings call. More

One in three smartphones now comes with NFC

August 1st, 2013

The number of NFC phones shipped will increase 156% in 2013 to a total of 400m devices globally, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. This means that one third of the smartphones sold… More

Far EasTone picks Morpho for NFC payments and rewards pilot

July 31st, 2013

Taiwanese carrier Far EasTone has chosen ID technology provider Morpho to provide the TSM platform for its upcoming NFC payments trial, which will see users able to make purchases in stores, pay for public transportation… More

ING Romania launches NFC wallet

July 31st, 2013

ING Bank Romania has made its ING Pay NFC mobile wallet available to customers, after a year-long in-house trial. Available for customers with an iPhone 4, 4S or a Samsung Galaxy handset, the ING Pay… More

O’Dea offers designer wireless charging stations with NFC

July 29th, 2013

Creative design studio O’Dea has developed a series of upmarket wireless induction charging pads that include embedded NFC tags. Both the US$449 black cherry wood and felt Cherry Charger and the US$549 concrete and cork… More

Wind and BNL test NFC payments

July 26th, 2013

Italian mobile network operator Wind has teamed up with banking group BNL BNP Paribas, payments processor SIA and MasterCard to test NFC payments. The YouPass BNL service lets customers use a Samsung NFC phone to charge payments to a BNL Classic credit card stored on a Gemalto NFC SIM.

RBC to launch NFC payments in the cloud

July 24th, 2013

Canadian bank RBC is to introduce an NFC mobile payments service that stores customers’ card details in the cloud. RBC Secure Cloud will launch later this year and will  be delivered “through partnerships with mobile… More

NFC Ring smashes crowdfunding goal with 2,100 backers in just four days

July 24th, 2013

A UK-based startup raising funds on Kickstarter for a finger ring that lets users unlock NFC-enabled doors and devices and share information via NFC has amassed pledges totalling almost double its £30,000 (US$46,000) target in… More

Banca Mediolanum and Vodafone test NFC in Italy

July 11th, 2013

Banca Mediolanum is running a pilot to test NFC mobile payments with 60 consumers in Milan, in partnership with mobile network operator Vodafone Italia, and plans a commercial launch in early 2014. The Mediolanum Mobile… More

Hang Seng launches NFC payments service

July 4th, 2013

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Bank has launched an NFC mobile payment service in partnership with mobile network operator PCCW Mobile, MasterCard, Gemalto and Samsung Electronics. The service was first announced late last year and its… More

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