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TransCard to offer white label NFC wallets to US banks

November 16th, 2012

The prepaid card specialist’s 84 financial institution clients will be able to provide customers with mobile wallets based on DeviceFidelity’s Moneto platform, which uses NFC-enabled cases and microSD cards to add mobile payments capabilities to Apple iPhone and Android devices. More

RBS picks G&D for NFC

November 12th, 2012

RBS Group, which owns the UK’s Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest banks, has picked Giesecke and Devrient as the TSM for its TouchPay NFC payments project. G&D is also managing data generation and fulfilment of the iCarte devices used to add NFC functionality to customers’ iPhone 4 and 4S handsets.

OTI adds NFC to standard phones with Copni Wave plug-in

November 7th, 2012

On Track Innovations (OTI) has announced a new device that adds NFC functionality to standard mobile phones, via the headphone jack. Users can still listen to music while the new Copni Wave is plugged in,… More

Crowd funds iPhone NFC add-on

October 25th, 2012

Miami-based NFC specialist Flomio has turned to crowdfunding to finance production of a plug-in device that will bring NFC to Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The ‘Flojack’ is a lollipop-shaped NFC transceiver that plugs into an iOS device’s headphone jack. The first Flojacks will ship in March 2013 if US$80,000 is raised on Kickstarter by 26 November.

Google to update gWallet

October 23rd, 2012

Google Wallet is set for a further update and users can request an invite today. Details of the update were expected to be revealed in a keynote speech at the Money2020 tradeshow in Las Vegas yesterday but the… More

Proximiant raises funds for NFC digital receipts

October 10th, 2012

Silicon Valley-based start-up Proximiant has completed a new funding round and added QR code support to its NFC-based digital receipts and rewards service. Earlier this year, the company introduced a service that lets NFC phone… More

UK banks launch iPhone NFC payments service

October 3rd, 2012

The UK’s Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest banks, both part of RBS group, have launched TouchPay, an NFC payments service first announced in July. The service uses iCarte add-ons for Apple iPhone 4 and 4S devices. For the… More

Raiffeisen Bank: Our NFC payments service could cut merchant fees by 70%

September 24th, 2012

The Austrian bank’s CardMobile service allows low value transactions to be aggregated, removing the need for each transaction to be authorised individually while still keeping a full audit trail of purchases made. More

Samsung picks NFC as key S III advantage over iPhone 5

September 20th, 2012

A viral video advertising the Samsung Galaxy S III has highlighted the smartphone’s NFC capabilities, picking the technology as one of the key differentiating factors between Samsung’s flagship phone and Apple’s iPhone 5: More

No NFC announced for iPhone 5

September 12th, 2012

There’s no mention of NFC in the list of hardware improvements announced for the new iPhone 5 today, and there was only a very brief mention of the Passbook mobile wallet feature which was announced in June…. More

Casino to open world’s first NFC-enabled supermarket

September 12th, 2012

Shoppers at the French supermarket chain’s Les Belles Feuilles branch in Paris will be able to use shelf-edge labels equipped with NFC tags to obtain details of each of 25,000 products on offer, scan items into their basket and then checkout by simply tapping their NFC phone to a reader attached to the retailer’s cash register. More

Moneto to bring NFC payments to Europe

September 11th, 2012

Beginning with the UK, consumers in Europe will be able to equip their Apple and Android smartphones with an NFC add-on and use it to make prepaid contactless payments from later this year. More

Assa Abloy launches Seos mobile keys

September 10th, 2012

The access control giant — owner of HID Global, Yale, Vingcard Elsafe and more — has unveiled a new platform that allows NFC phones to be used to replace mechanical keys and access cards in homes, hotels, offices, hospitals, universities and commercial buildings. More

iPhone 5: No room for NFC? Well, maybe there is…

August 29th, 2012

The ‘will they or won’t they’ speculation over whether the iPhone 5, expected to be unveiled on 12 September, will come with NFC continues to rage and the latest analysis suggests that it won’t —… More

DeviceFidelity upgrades Moneto NFC service

August 29th, 2012

A number of improvements have been announced for Moneto, the DeviceFidelity microSD-based payments service that lets any US consumers add NFC functionality to their iPhone or Android device: iPhone owners can now opt to use either the… More

New images add to iPhone NFC speculation

August 27th, 2012

Images that purport to show the front assembly of the iPhone 5 have led to renewed speculation that the new Apple device, expected to be announced on 12 September, will include NFC. The images, if… More

SEC filing triggers speculation on iPhone 5 with NFC

August 16th, 2012

Examination of a proxy statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission by Authentec, linked to Apple’s recent bid to acquire the firm for US$356m, has led to renewed speculation that the next iPhone… More

ING to pilot NFC in Poland

July 24th, 2012

ING Bank Slaski is to conduct a twelve month NFC payments trial in Poland. The two hundred pilot testers, all employees of Bank Slaski or its partners Visa Europe and Oberthur, will use BlackBerry NFC phones or iPhones equipped with an NFC add-on to make mobile payments at merchants equipped with contactless point-of-sale terminals.

iPhone to get NFC in Sept/Oct?

July 19th, 2012

The next iPhone is currently undergoing its “third stage engineering verification test” and will be released in late September or early October, according to BGR. “We can also confirm that NFC hardware is present in the phones as well,” says the tech blog.

CommBank unveils Android POS platform

July 17th, 2012

The Australian bank has followed its Kaching mobile payments service with the launch of a point-of-sale application development platform that works with an Android-based POS terminal as well as an add-on for Apple iPhones and iPods and is designed to allow developers to add new types of features for merchants via mobile phone-style apps. More

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