NFC news in brief • 1 Nov 2010

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Czech mobile payments • Akbank pushes contactless • Visa opens up • The rich love a bargain • Germany moves to contactless ID • mFoundy’s mobile banking guarantee • Amsterdam shops to refuse cash • Starbucks expands 2D payments • M-Pesa adds supermarkets • WiFi goes P2P • and more…  More

Russian mobile technology provider i-Free joins NFC Forum

Mobile marketing, payments and commerce specialist i-Free has become the first Russian firm to join the NFC Forum. Headquartered in St Petersburg, i-Free has offices in Moscow, Mumbai, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Kiev and Almaty and offers its products and services in 83 countries around the world. More

STMicroelectronics reports NFC design wins from major handset manufacturers

STMicroelectronics‘ latest financial results include a mention of recent successes the company has experienced with its ST21NFCA NFC controller chip. According to the company’s financial statement for the three month and nine month periods to 25 September 2010, ST has achieved “design-ins at major handset and smartcard manufacturers for the ST21NFCA, ST’s single-chip solutions for NFC (Near Field Communication) applications.” More

New Toppan Printing device shows NFC doesn’t have to be mobile

Toppan's NFC device - scale

A new standalone NFC device from Toppan Printing is set to go into mass production next year with a target price of under US$25. Shaped like a thick bank card and incorporating a display and input keys, it can store and display prepaid funds, coupons, loyalty membership details, transport and entertainment tickets and advertising. More

NFC news in brief • 25 Oct 2010

Caen NFC target

News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: Caen bids for NFC • Sprint adds mobile wallet • Vivotech’s Dubai deal • Microsoft tags retailers • Mobile payments boost banks • Paying cash keeps you slim • NCR buys into mobile barcodes More