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    Archive for March 2012

    Sharp adds 10-inch Android NFC tablet

    March 20th, 2012

    Sharp Japan has launched a 10.1″ Android NFC tablet, expanding on the 7-inch tablet with NFC capabilities it unveiled last year. The RW-T110 is aimed at the enterprise market and features a nine hour battery… More

    Cellcom and ICC-Cal to launch NFC in Israel?

    March 20th, 2012

    Israeli mobile network operator Cellcom is set to launch an NFC payments service in collaboration with Israel Credit Cards Ltd (ICC-Cal) in the next few weeks, sources have told business publication Globes. The companies have already reached an… More

    Survey: Half of US commuters would use their mobile phone for transit payments

    March 20th, 2012

    The introduction of open loop “tap and go” payments could cut commuting time by nearly an hour a week, a survey conducted for MasterCard has found, and 47% of commuters would be willing to use their mobile phone to make transit payments. More

    Pinkberry adds gWallet support

    March 20th, 2012

    International yoghurt retailer Pinkberry has added support for Google Wallet payments and offers at 69 of its US outlets. The Google Wallet functionality has been integrated into Pinkberry’s POS system by hospitality systems specialist Micros.

    gWallet pioneers in new venture

    March 19th, 2012

    Google Wallet founding engineer Jonathan Wall and product lead Marc Freed-Finnegan have left the search giant to form their own company, Techcrunch reports. The startup is called Tappmo and is billed as a “next generation commerce network”.

    GSMA showcases mobile keys

    March 16th, 2012

    The GSM Association has produced a video introduction to NFC mobile keys that shows how the technology can bring benefits beyond those offered by traditional keys. The four-minute film demonstrates how an NFC phone can… More

    Poken moves to Silicon Valley with $2m investment

    March 16th, 2012

    NFC gadget and marketing platform provider Poken has announced a US$2M investment round led by Swisscom Ventures and Credit Suisse. The company provides a platform that organisations can use to enable customers to connect online with… More

    Telefónica makes strategic investment in Boku

    March 16th, 2012

    The carrier’s digital division has announced that the mobile payments platform provider, which last month unveiled an NFC service for mobile network operators, is to become its preferred mobile payments partner. More

    Google Wallet heading to Apple iOS devices?

    March 15th, 2012

    Mobile security specialist Intrepidus Group says it has uncovered mention of iOS in the source code for Google Wallet, suggesting that the search giant could have already developed a version of its mobile wallet that could run on NFC-enabled Apple products. More

    Japanese and Korean carriers to launch cross-border NFC coupons

    March 13th, 2012

    The first international NFC marketing service is to go live on 1 April, allowing customers of NTT Docomo and KT to collect and redeem special offers from NFC posters in both Japan and Korea — and payments and ticketing services as well as the participation of carriers in additional Asian countries are set to follow. More

    ZTE debuts Touch and Share technology

    March 13th, 2012

    The Chinese handset maker, which has a growing range of NFC phones, has introduced its own solution for automating Bluetooth and WiFi network set-up via NFC. More

    NFC Quick Actions app clocks up 3,000 downloads

    March 13th, 2012

    NFC application NFC Quick Actions has now been downloaded from Android Market more than 3,000 times, developer Fernando Cejas has told NFC World. The app allows users to simply and quickly write customisable actions to… More

    Inside Secure launches low cost NFC tags with 2KB of memory

    March 13th, 2012

    The new MicroPass 4101-2K is the first large memory tag to both fully conform with NFC Forum standards and be available at an affordable price, says the NFC chip specialist. More

    Auriemma: 30% will switch for NFC

    March 13th, 2012

    A survey conducted by Auriemma Consulting Group has found that 30% of respondents would switch handsets in order to use their phones to make purchases and the figure rises to 41% amongst the under-45s. 23% of consumers would also consider switching mobile providers to get a phone with the ability to make mobile payments.

    Sony announces Xperia Sola with NFC

    March 13th, 2012

    The latest addition to Sony’s growing range of Android NFC phones features new ‘floating touch’ technology that allows users to interact with the device without needing to physically touch the screen. More

    Harris: 24% ready for m-payments

    March 13th, 2012

    Harris Interactive survey of 2,056 US consumers has found that 24% are comfortable with the idea of using a mobile app that would store credit card information and allow them to make purchases at a retailer or company as they would with a credit card. 63% of respondents are not comfortable with the idea, which includes 45% who are “not at all comfortable”.

    Harman uses NFC to personalise the driving experience

    March 13th, 2012

    The in-car entertainment specialist has integrated an NFC-driven personalised dashboard into a Dock+Go concept car, enabling drivers to automatically set seating and entertainment preferences — and make travel bookings on the go without having to stop to enter card details. More

    NFC is still two to five years away, say MWC visitors

    March 13th, 2012

    A survey of mobile industry executives conducted for Sybase 365 during the Mobile World Congress has found that 81% of respondents believe that NFC will not become a driver of widespread adoption of mobile payments… More

    Assurant: Consumers need guarantees for mobile payments

    March 13th, 2012

    A study by risk management specialist and insurer Assurant Solutions, based on consumer surveys conducted in Argentina, China, the United States, Germany and Spain, has found that willingness to conduct mobile transactions of all types increases… More

    Savvy consumers wary of wallets

    March 13th, 2012

    A US consumer survey conducted by Radius Global Market Research has found that consumers under 35 and those identifying as digitally savvy are the most likely to be concerned with mobile payment security and fraud issues. 54% of consumers under the age of 35 are concerned with fraud and the figure rises to 62% among digitally savvy consumers.

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