Samsung unveils second NFC phone: The Samsung Wave 578

Samsung has announced a second mobile phone equipped with near field communication functionality at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.The Samsung Wave 578 runs on the handset maker’s own Bada smartphone platform, for which the company announced NFC support in January, and features a 3.2-inch screen and 3.2 megapixel camera. Like the Samsung Galaxy S II announced yesterday, however, more than one version of the phone will be produced and availability of NFC functionality will depend on “market situation”. More

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

Gerald Madlmayr

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

Japanese social network Mixi introduces NFC check-ins

Leading Japanese social network Mixi, which has more than 21 million members, has become the first social network to offer users the ability to check into locations using near field communication. The service is compatible with Android NFC phones such as the Google Nexus S and uses Taglet, a Japanese language NFC tag reader and information sharing app launched last month. More

Toshiba begins NFC SIM mass production

Toshiba has announced it has now completed testing of an NFC UIM, a user identity module that can be used in both CDMA2000 NFC phones and as a SIM card for GSM NFC phones, and is now ready to begin mass production. More

NFC news in brief • 31 Jan 2011


News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Getyoo pings Belgacom • Mobey Forum expands • Clear2Pay goes to South Africa • Facebook takes the credit • Vancouver to go contactless • …and Philadelphia to follow • Airtel Money launch • CreditCall’s EMV ticketing kernel. More