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    NXP reports slowdown in NFC revenue growth

    February 10th, 2014

    NXP Semiconductors has reported a slowdown in revenue growth for its NFC business in 2013 but says it is optimistic that business will pick up again during the second half of this year. During what… More

    BMW picks Smart-Tec NFC tags

    May 10th, 2013

    Car maker BMW is using tags supplied by Smart-Tec in two NFC-enabled accessories, the NFC Smartphone Holder and the BMW Car Hotspot LTE, the Munich-based custom tag specialist reports. The NFC Smartphone Holder is designed to… More

    UniCredit pilots multi-application NFC wallet

    March 8th, 2013

    UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions, a division of Italy-based financial institution UniCredit Group, is testing a multi-application mobile wallet solution that works on both Android and BlackBerry NFC phones.. Sixty employees taking part in the pilot are… More

    Samsung offers Galaxy S II Plus with NFC

    January 11th, 2013

    Samsung has announced the Galaxy S II Plus, an updated version of its groundbreaking Galaxy S II Android smartphone that will, like its predecessor, be available in NFC and non-NFC versions. The Galaxy S II… More

    Samsung updates TecTiles NFC app

    October 26th, 2012

    The phone maker’s tag reading/writing app for Android devices now allows users to program tags to perform multiple actions at one time, customize profiles so that tags perform in different ways for different users, and lock a tag so that only the owner can read its contents. More

    Isis NFC phones appear on MasterCard list

    August 29th, 2012

    A number of NFC phones marked as approved for use by the three mobile network operator partners in NFC venture Isis have appeared on MasterCard’s list of approved mobile devices, adding to speculation that Isis is… More

    Isis to go live in September?

    August 29th, 2012

    US NFC venture Isis is on course to go live in September, narrowly managing to meet its planned launch date of “this summer”, according to Bloomberg, which says that Verifone CEO Doug Bergeron revealed the timing in an… More

    MasterCard certifies more NFC phones, introduces a new logo

    May 4th, 2012

    NFC phones developed by HTC, Intel, LG Electronics, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony have all now been certified for contactless payments — and have the right to carry a new ‘MasterCard PayPass Ready’ logo. More

    Samsung Galaxy S III expands NFC P2P capabilities with S Beam for faster file transfers

    May 4th, 2012

    The newly announced successor to Samsung’s best selling Galaxy S II features NFC as standard and includes a new file transfer service that enables users to easily connect together two devices via NFC and automatically transfer large video and other files via WiFi Direct. More

    Galaxy S III coming next week?

    April 23rd, 2012

    The successor to Samsung’s wildly popular Galaxy S II flagship handset looks set to launch at a press event in London on the evening of Thursday 3 May. NFC watchers will be hoping for wider availability of the technology in the Samsung Galaxy S III after its predecessor only sported NFC hardware in selected markets.

    Italian carrier Wind trials NFC access control and payments

    March 23rd, 2012

    Italian mobile network operator Wind has begun an internal NFC pilot, in collaboration with Samsung. Wind employees taking part in the trial are being equipped with a Samsung Galaxy S II NFC phone they can use to… More

    Orange UK announces Quick Tap treats for 200,000 NFC customers

    February 24th, 2012

    Two hundred thousand UK customers have now been equipped with NFC phones they will be able to use to tap smart posters and receive special rewards, says the mobile network operator. More

    KDDI launches NFC in Japan

    January 16th, 2012

    The mobile network operator will begin commercial NFC services from the end of January with partners including Japan Airlines, credit card issuers, loyalty programme providers and retailers. More

    Visa certifies Samsung, LG and BlackBerry NFC phones for mobile payments

    January 10th, 2012

    The Samsung Galaxy S II, LG Optimus Net NFC, BlackBerry Bold 9900/9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9360/9380 have now been added to the list of approved Visa payments products, enabling financial institutions to use them in commercial NFC deployments for the first time. More

    Samsung handsets get ICS

    December 20th, 2011

    Google has started rolling out Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which adds Android Beam NFC functionality, as an over-the-air update for its Nexus S handsets. Manufacturer Samsung has also announced that selected high-end phones and tablets will get ICS upgrades next year, starting in Q1 with the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note — though timing will vary by country and carrier.

    French bank and carrier team up to bring mobile payments to market

    November 28th, 2011

    The new BNP Paribas Mobile service combines a mobile network subscription, a range of innovative mobile banking products plus a choice of phones — including three with NFC — and is being promoted to customers via the bank’s network of branches across France. More

    Bank of New Zealand tests NFC

    November 25th, 2011

    BNZ and Vodafone have begun a three month NFC payments pilot in New Zealand. The small scale trial involves some 44 BNZ and Vodafone staff who will be issued with Samsung Galaxy S II NFC phones. Visa and payments processor Paymark are also taking part in the trial. “What we’re testing here is the viability of a true mobile wallet that will eventually allow people to replace multiple pieces of plastic with functionality embedded inside their phone,” says BNZ’s Paul Tait. “It’s going to make smartphones even smarter.”

    Galaxy S II Cityzi lands in France

    October 27th, 2011

    The NFC version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone is now shipping in France. The Galaxy S II Cityzi  is available from Orange and can be had for as little as €79 on a two year contract or bought SIM free for €639 (US$894).

    Latest NFC phone news and rumours • 27 Sept 2011

    September 27th, 2011

    The latest NFC phone rumours and announcements, including: Galaxy S II with NFC launches on AT&T, T-Mobile in the US • Nokia N9 launches in Middle East • Sonim ships first NFC handset • Samsung Wave 578 ‘Quick Tap’ coming to UK soon • Samsung SHV-E120L specs leak.  More

    Latest NFC phone news and rumours • 19 Sept 2011

    September 19th, 2011

    The latest NFC phone rumours and announcements, including: France to get NFC Galaxy S II, with rest of Europe to follow • iPhone speculation • A trio of NFC BlackBerrys • Casio’s DT-X8 rugged terminal • Acer NFC handset could be first of many • Korea gets high-end LG NFC phone • Intel shows off Android tablet design that features NFC More

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