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Posted by Seth PlanckDecember 22nd, 2011 at 1:14 PM Filed Under Latest News
Etick brings the NFC mobile wallet to Iranian consumers with Irancell
NFC mobile wallet projects are taking off all over the Middle East, and Etick and Irancell are bringing some NFC goodness to Iranian consumers. Just in case you needed any more evidence that NFC mobile payments are gearing up to explode globally this next year, today we want to let you know about a project taking off in Iran. One of the great things about NFC is that it is crossing geographical, economic and cultural barriers. There are projects the world over that use that same NFC you want in your smartphone, and although NFC payments and NFC mobile wallets are a small part of the NFC puzzle, it appears to be the side of the tech that is capturing businesses’ and consumers’ imagination at the moment. The cry we are hearing at the moment is that NFC isn’t just about payments, however, we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the power and place NFC mobile wallets have in this nascent industry.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 18th, 2011 at 9:49 AM Filed Under Events, Latest News
NFC enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus image surfaces ahead of todays Ice Cream Sandwich event
Need an NFC enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus pick me up? As you will know at 9.30pm EST this evening we will get our first glimpses of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus / Samsung Nexus Prime. However this morning NTT DoCoMo jumped the gun a little and said that they will be one of the first MNOs to have and sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus / Samsung Nexus Prime. Shortly after that statement an image “leaked” showing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus / Samsung Nexus Prime NFC phone in all of its glory which pocketnow received.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 18th, 2011 at 9:26 AM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News
UPM RFID and SimpleNFC launch TapThatTag Android app which helps users select the exact NFC tag they need effortlessly
UPM RFID and SimpleNFC (the company behind CustomerIn) have launched an Android app called TapThatTag that teaches users all about NFC tags. The two active companies in the NFC space have got together and launched a new Android app that allows users to pick the exact NFC tag they need for a specific project. When it comes to NFC tags, it can be a mine field to know what you need. There are NFC tags designed for indoor use, NFC tags designed for outdoor use and different NFC tags for stickers and smartposters. That just covers a few areas of NFC tags and doesn’t even touch on memory size, whether the tag is rewritable, whether an admin can lock the data on the tag, or even whether the data needs to be encoded at the factory and then remains unwritable from that point on. As an emerging industry, NFC tags have spawned different tags for different environments with different capabilities in different use cases. Okay, I think we’ve made our point that unless you are used to dealing with NFC tags, it can be a little confusing picking the right tag for a specific job. TapThatTag app guides you through the process.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 14th, 2011 at 2:48 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
HTC Stunning NFC phone is just incredible, well a HTC Incredible S with an NFC chip to be accurate
The HTC Stunning is actually the HTC Incredible S. When is beautiful amazing? Most of the time, but not in the case of the HTC Stunning which was announced this week by HTC as it partnered with China UnionPay to bring NFC payments to Chinese consumers. We thought we had a new phone in the offering but alas the HTC Stunning is, in fact, an HTC Incredible S touting an NFC chip. It’s not that there is anything wrong with the HTC Incredible S, it’s just we have a penchant for new shiny phones that come laden with NFC rockstar goodness. It turns out that the “Stunning” was a slight mistranslation from Chinese to English for the word Incredible, and we fell for it hook, line and sinker. Oh well, you live, you learn. Sarah Perez over at TechCrunch spotted the HTC Incredible S mistranslation and saved us all from embarrassing ourselves further!
Nonetheless this may mean that we could expect to see the HTC Incredible S turn up in other parts of the world showing off its new NFC chip set in the next few months which doesn’t suck one little bit. We’ll be keeping our ears firmly fixed to the ground for that rumor to start circulating. HTC, like us, seems to think that mobile payments will become an essential feature in smartphones and the HTC Incredible S with an NFC chip stuffed inside may be the first signs of all new HTC NFC superphones to come. There are already whispers out there that HTC has an Ice Cream Sandwich NFC phone slated for the fall and we should forget that HTC just this last week trademarked CLOSECONNECT for its NFC apps and we doubt that the company would have trademarked that name just for a HTC Incredible S with an NFC chip.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 21st, 2011 at 6:53 PM Filed Under Rumor, Videos
NFC Nokia N5 goes comes through the FCC, could this be the Nokia Cindy?
Another day, another Nokia phone clears the FCC – today it was the turn of the RM-701 which is suspected to be the Nokia N5. This time spotted by Wireless Goodness, the FCC documentation clearly shows that this phone is an NFC phone, but that leaves us a little puzzled because a leaked document that was floating about on June 29th displayed the (Nokia 701) as the Nokia Helen, which was not an NFC phone as you can see in the images below. However, the Nokia 600 (Code name Nokia Cindy) looks to be a more likely, which has been leaked and identified as an NFC phone. The Nokia N5 is set to run Symbian Anna which is not the latest version of the operating system, better known as Belle, and can be found on the upcoming Nokia Zeta.
NFC Nokia N5 rumored specifications
Like the Nokia Zeta which already passed through the FCC the other day (see here) the N5 is said to have an attractive price. The Nokia N5 appears to be aimed at the young’uns and also has the claim of being an NFC phone, but we think it may be of the non-secure element flavor. It features an in built FM radio and antenna and also boasts a 1GHz thinker. As with the Nokia Zeta, the Nokia N5 also comes adorned with a 5 megapixel camera and the same 3.2 inch nHD AMOLED display. Nokia has even mentioned some apps that will ship with the Nokia N5, including Skype, Shazam, YouTube and VLingo. The specs we have so far show another interesting slate coming out of Espoo featuring NFC sweetness that could be just around the corner.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 12th, 2011 at 1:09 PM Filed Under Rumor
Blackberry Bold 9930 NFC phone clears the FCC, launching soon in US?
The Blackberry Bold 9930 NFC phone just got the proverbial nod from the FCC to be sold in the good old USofA. So Canada, the UK and perhaps the US soon will have access to RIM’s flagship offering which adds another NFC handset to the market. We could see from the FCC filing that the Blackberry Bold 9930 NFC phone has a dual-band CDMA radio and a quad-band GSM tuner which lets us know we are not dealing with the Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone which only supports GSM. The 9930 is a world NFC phone that should work with most networks around the globe and that is what differentiates it from its 9900 brethren.
Which mobile operator networks is the Blackberry Bold 9930 NFC phone heading to?
Due to the nature of the Blackberry Bold 9930 NFC phone being a world phone, we can’t say for sure as it will work with any of the networks stateside. What we do know is that the fact it has passed FCC inspection suggests that RIM is readying to launch at some point in the not so distant future. What we can learn from an FCC filing is minimal because most pertinent information that you and I would be interested in has been stripped to keep secrets, secret.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 03rd, 2011 at 9:33 PM Filed Under Featured, Rumor
Will Apple include NFC in the iPhone 5 and iPad 3?
A couple of days ago we speculated that Apple may be including NFC in the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. The lack of credible, reliable rumors and evidence to support our leap of faith has bothered us ever since. For around a year now pundits have been speculating about whether Apple will be including NFC in the iPhone 5 and more recently in the iPad 3. For the second half of last year the press thought it was a certainty that Apple was launching an NFC iPhone 5, but early this year reports started circulating that Apple would not be supporting NFC until the iPhone 6. We wanted to look at all the rumors that have circulated regarding Apple’s plans for NFC in the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 to see whether any clues that would allow us to get a clearer picture of whether or not an NFC iPhone 5 or NFC iPad 3 is on the cards.
Rumors that have suggested there will be no NFC in the iPhone 5 or iPad 3
Most Apple NFC iPhone 5 and NFC iPad 3 neigh sayers, have reported between March and May this year. The information has either come third party through Apple or large scale manufacturing suppliers. If this is misinformation, it has worked. Many industry people now think there will be no NFC iPhone 5 until next year. The NFC iPad 3 rumors are too new, but it is presumable that if the iPhone 5 doesn’t get NFC nor would the iPad 3 if indeed it is due to be released at the same time. We have tracked the main reports that suggest that the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 will not have NFC and they appear to emanate from just three sources.
Berstein Analysts: “Apple’s next iPhone, said to be called the 4S, will not have the mobile payment support through NFC (near field communication).” – May 16th, 2011
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 02nd, 2011 at 6:23 PM Filed Under Featured, Latest News
Biometric mobile phone security to be worth $161 million in revenue by 2015
Latest forecasts show that biometric mobile phone security products and services will generate just over $30 million in 2011.
Biometric mobile phone security is a subject close to our hearts here at NFC Rumors. We love and hate the technology in equal measures. On one hand, it affords us to be able to protect our sensitive data stored on our ever more powerful NFC smartphones. On the other hand, it will likely be used to track our movements and is in fact a severe privacy concern. Biometric technology could enable a big brother society where we are constantly watched and scanned by governments and marketing companies. If we were politicians (which we are not) we would call for the use of such technology to be regulated, legislated and constricted to certain use cases, with full transparency on those uses and storage of biometric data. But nonetheless, biometric mobile phone security is a positive use for the technology and a new study has been published to show how pervasive it is likely to become by 2015.
Biometric mobile phone security industry projections
The one thing all analysts appear to agree on is that NFC and the mobile wallet are here to stay, but this latest research conducted by Goode Intelligence focuses on biometric mobile phone security. The headline findings of the report is that the biometric mobile phone security market could be worth $161 million by 2015, and to be honest those figures are low for such a huge shift in technology and personal security. This year, biometric mobile phone technology will earn the industry around $30 million dollars and whereas an increase of over $130 million is great growth by 2015 for an emerging industry, it isn’t even close to related new technologies like NFC.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 29th, 2011 at 3:43 PM Filed Under Latest News
VingCard NFC room key system for hotels launched
VingCard NFC room key system for hotels has been launched. We always knew NFC could open doors and the Chinese company seems to have grasped the door handle with both hands.VingCard’s parent company, Assa Abloy, had been part of a trial testing the VingCard technology in the Clarion Hotel Stockholm. Hotel guests received NFC phones with a special code embedded that allowed access to their rooms after they had checked in with the systems NFC check-in facility, which basically means no checking in at the front desk.
VingCard NFC room key system for hotels allows you to manage your stay online, no lining up at the front desk anymore.
How VingCard NFC room key system for hotels works
The VingCard NFC room key system for hotels works using a Vincard’s Visionline centralized server which manages the property’s check-in and access policies. Service managers can add, remove or update access to any room in the hotel. Hotel rooms as normal are booked online and guests are then sent a secure digital room key.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 28th, 2011 at 11:11 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
Augme AD LIFE v4.0 NFC capable Mobile Marketing platform
Today, Augme launched the next iteration of its NFC capable Mobile Marketing platform AD LIFE v4.0. The new NFC capable Mobile Marketing platform has “The recipe for mobile marketing success extends well beyond strategy and creative applications,” stated Anthony Iacovone, Chief Innovative Officer of Augme Technologies, Inc.
NFC capable Mobile Marketing platform measures the effectiveness of marketing
When you are a marketer, you live, breathe and die metrics. How can I measure the effectiveness of this campaign? How can I see how much this creative content was shared? How can I work out the return on investment for my client? The list goes on. Sales are black and white – you either sold this many widgets or you didn’t. Marketing, on the other hand, is far more subjective and dependent on the needs of a campaign. Some campaign goals are for branding, collecting followers or education. But at the end of the day, most end up needing to positively impact sales. Different campaigns require different metrics, and revenue very often is not representative of measuring a campaign’s success. In an increasingly technological world, judging your effectiveness, conversion rates and the sales your marketing is directly or indirectly accountable for is getting harder.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 28th, 2011 at 3:23 PM Filed Under Featured, Latest News, Rumor
Apple iPad 3 will have LTE radios, iPhone 5 could be the same
Rumors with bona fide AT&T documentation to boot are fruitfully abundant when it comes to the Apple iPad 3 and Apple iPhone 5, and the inclusion of LTE radios in both of the aforementioned devices today. Lulzec has finished its fifty day string of high profile hackings, and wanted to go out with a bang by releasing some AT&T internal documents. We are thinking that the members of Lulzec missed their calling in life, and that we wish they were our contact for NFC tips. Unfortunately, there was no news on NFC in either product which makes us pull pouty faces, but moving on…
Apple iPad 3 LTE tests
This document was released by Lulzec and clearly describes AT&T’s roll out plans for LTE. In the bottom right two panels we can see references to an iPad 3 being tested on the LTE network. The guys over at iFans dug into the document further and discovered the references to the LTE iPad. This suggests that Apple is adding LTE data radios to its next iPad. The document suggests that AT&T will be or has already been testing “iPad new activations HLS using the new rate plan.” Persistent rumors of a new iPad 3 being launched before Christmas have now been quashed, because if AT&T are still testing in November and December this suggests the LTE iPad 3 will more than likely be unveiled on Apple’s normal yearly schedule.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 28th, 2011 at 12:44 PM Filed Under Latest News
Hicel launches NFC business cards
NFC business cards have been shown a few times over the last six months by multiple organizations, but as yet have not become widely available. A Korean company called Hicel has launched their NFC business cards and we must say they have approached the application of embedding the tag and antenna in an innovative way.
About NFC business cards
While fitting into the NFC-Forum’s category of smart posters, NFC business cards require a little more finesse in their development than other applications of NFC tags while embedding within another media. The challenges are based on the small size of a business card and the diversity of designs and materials that need to be accommodated.
CSI Virtual MasterCard app allows you to create Virtual MasterCard accounts in iOS, Android and BlackBerryRumor
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 27th, 2011 at 11:05 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
CSI Virtual MasterCard app allows you to create Virtual MasterCard accounts in iOS, Android and BlackBerry
Quite a bit of buzz hit today about the CSI Enterprises’ CSI Virtual MasterCard app that is due to be released in July for iOS, Android and BlackBerry. As excitement reverberated around the web, rumors started to circulate about the company knowing of NFC features that could be built into the upcoming iPhone 5 and of an NFC-enabled BlackBerry that would emerge before the 9900.
CSI Virtual MasterCard app creates virtual card numbers with attributes you can set.
We wanted to look a little further in to the story before we posted, and we found out it may not be a mobile wallet like we are coming to think of one, like say Google Wallet. In fact, after reading through the company’s website it soon became clear that the CSI Virtual MasterCard is a really clever way to make your own virtual credit card number to use with a specific company or for a particular PO and a way to give the CSI Virtual MasterCard unique attributes. For example, you pay your business electric bill with a CSI Virtual MasterCard number, you can give this specific bill a card number of its own and can set rules of how your utility provider can use the card details you provide. You could only allow payments up to $500 to be processed or even set up a CSI Virtual MasterCard number for a team member for expenses and set a budget for the card. Each CSI Virtual MasterCard is simply an extension of your main account, and extending the service to mobile devices means you can create new CSI MasterCard numbers on the fly.
Google Nexus Prime and a host of other NFC smartphones to released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream SandwichRumor
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 27th, 2011 at 7:35 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Google Nexus Prime and a host of other NFC smartphones to released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Google Nexus Prime NFC smartphone featuring Android Ice Cream Sandwich Rumor alert! Wow, has it really been ten days since we posted about the Nexus 4G? Since that time, it appears to have all gone quiet – well that is until now! Word on the street, or in this case BGR, is that this new rumored pure Android experience NFC smartphone could be called the Google Nexus Prime, because the the codename for the product is Prime.
Google Nexus Prime, more than meets the eye?
Quick “catch me up” with Google Nexus Prime, featuring Android Ice Cream Sandwich, rumors so far
Ten days ago we let you know there was a kinda, sorta, confirmed new Samsung Google Nexus in the works with a likely release date sometime in November. Like every other Google Nexus product, it is supposed to offer the pure Android experience and is rumored to dump the physical buttons we have all come to love. We also let you know that this new phone would feature the OMAP4460 next-generation dual-core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU for its processing power. We had also learned that it would feature a display described to be a 720p HD “monster-sized” screen. The Google Nexus Prime is also rumored to feature HD video recording and play back at 1080p, and the camera is said to be an advanced 5-megapixel sensor delivering class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance. The rear camera is reported to be backed up by a 1 mega pixel camera up front, and of course, a phone of this magnitude will rock on LTE. Okay. you are officially caught up. Let us continue…
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 27th, 2011 at 4:54 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
SPVA releases requirements for the post manufacturing stage of payment devices
It is always nice to hear of organizations that are actively trying to protect our financial security which is why SPVA’s (Secure POS Vendor Alliance) announcement of requirements for the post manufacturing stage of payment devices warms our cold, cold hearts. Of course, we are not the only ones who benefit from these new requirements as it also protects the financial industry. More security is better and to know with all the marketing hype of NFC mobile wallets that Verifone & co are actively looking to protect our security, it can only be positive thing.
Current requirements for the post manufacturing stage of payment devices just don’t cut it.
What’s considered in the requirements for the post manufacturing stage of payment devices
The new requirements for the post manufacturing stage of payment devices play out more like a “best practices” guideline. Various groups will be required by members of the SPVA to ensure no contamination of payment devices happens between the factory gate and your hand. So, your brand new NFC smartphone wouldn’t have been tampered with. The same will go for NFC POS terminals and other equipment associated with securing payments.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 26th, 2011 at 7:02 PM Filed Under Featured, Latest News
NFC doesn’t have to be a grave matter with the NFC grave tag
NFC grave tags? Whatever next. You know the problem with grave stones and dead people? They don’t move and aren’t interactive. So very web 1.0! Well, there is a company out there that is attempting to change that. Meet Rosetta Stone and their “Technology Enhanced Memorial Products.” Yes, we kid ye not. The company produces a granite enveloped NFC grave tag for your grave stone. It’s a fact of life, we are all going south eventually and within three generations no one will remember us and very few will care, but that doesn’t mean you can’t communicate from beyond the grave when you use the forever guaranteed NFC memorial products that are available right now, starting at only $125 for a granite disk guaranteed to ensure grave robbers and teenagers at Halloween read your story for up to 800 years. If you appreciate some bling on with your NFC grave tag you can even upgrade to the highly sought after granite tablet for the bargain price of $225 with no other fees, not now not ever, and better yet it is guaranteed to last for 3000 years! However, if like us, you like to show your sophistication by going retro the company has just the solution for you – an aluminum anodized printed disk with a QR tag. The only draw back with the QR tag is it only lasts ten years, but then again no one will probably have the ability to read a de-funked QR tag in ten years anyway.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 26th, 2011 at 11:45 AM Filed Under Latest News
Forrester Mobile Commerce Forecast: 2011 to 2016, predicts $31 billion by 2016
According to the new Forrester Mobile Commerce Forecast 2011 to 2016 report from Forrester Research, mobile commerce is expected to top a staggering $31 billion by the end of 2016.
Let’s start from this year and work our way out for the Forrester Mobile Commerce Forecast. 2011 isn’t looking too shabby if this report is accurate, showing the mobile commerce sales will hit $6 billion by year’s end. Assuming that this year will reach $6 billion and 2016 will reach $31 billion, that would represent a compound growth rate of 39% for mobile commerce over the next five years, which is strangely the same percentage as companies who have no strategy defined yet. By the end of next year, Forrester expects the mobile commerce industry to account for $10 billion in revenue. So, rapid growth is expected but it could be more.
Forrester Mobile Commerce Forecast shows a 39% growth rate between this year and 2016 for mobile commerce
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 25th, 2011 at 7:39 PM Filed Under Featured, Latest News, Videos
NFC Speakers, touch and hear it’s that easy
NFC Speakers are available today and they are starting to show how far NFC can change our worlds. Near Field Communication applications and possibilities extend far beyond the mobile wallet and SmartPosters, and one of those areas is within our home electronics to enable immediate connections and actions with everyday items we interact with. NFC Speakers are an obvious use for a technology that acts as a gateway connection for WiFi and Bluetooth signals.
Nokia’s Play 360 Bluetooth NFC Speakers uses NFC for Bluetooth pairing
The other day we posted about the Nokia N9 with MeeGo, but didn’t mention the accompanying Nokia Play 360 NFC Speakers. These omnidirectional NFC Speakers stream music from your phone via Bluetooth but can connect using NFC with a simple tap of your NFC phone to the top of the device. That’s right, tap the top and you create an instant connection that hands off to bluetooth and you are ready to rock. The Nokia Play 360 NFC Speakers will happily play your tunes for up to 20 hours on a single charge and recharge via a micro USB port at the back of the speaker. The speaker pumps out omnidirectional mono, but if you are of the mind, and have been saving your pennies you can simply purchase a second Nokia Play 360 Speaker and it will immediately be recognized by the first speaker and convert the sound to stereo. Not expected to be available until the third quarter of this year the Nokia Play 360 NFC Speakers are expected to retail for $199 each or €149 in Europe. We will be sure to let you know when we have a firm release date for these snazzy little boxes of sound.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 25th, 2011 at 4:40 PM Filed Under Latest News
NFC advertising and marketing for captive audiences
A company out of San Francisco is looking to capitalize on your time in line by launching NFC advertising and marketing for captive audiences solutions that allow you to interact with the ads you’re probably already being exposed to. RMG Networks Inc. have 200,000 televisions that target air travelers, shoppers on check-out lines and runners in gyms and they are now looking to add NFC advertising and marketing for captive audiences to the mix.
LCD’s on end caps represent an opportunity for NFC advertising and marketing for captive audiences
How did NFC advertising and marketing for captive audiences evolve?
We are not quite to Minority Report levels of marketing where your iris is being scanned and there is a database of information specific to your purchases and likely responses to certain ads, just yet. However, if you have walked into a Walmart or other large store in the last 6 months you will have been greeted with LCD’s on end caps showing video / TV ads for the product you are looking at. Sneaky, huh? Reinforcing brand and product messages with a reach out and grab approach works, and you can expect to see a lot more of it over the next couple of years. This type of captive audience marketing is generally not interactive other than you watch, you pick up the product, you purchase. It doesn’t build a relationship between you and the brand in question. But that is about to change. It is just a simple fact in marketing that when you are out and about you are a potential target for ads, but when you are in line you become part of a captive audience.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 24th, 2011 at 11:47 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
Would you like to lock and unlock your home with your phone, now you can with Lockitron NFC door locks
Lockitron NFC door locks, whatever will they think of next? If you are like us you probably don’t leave the house or office without carrying at least 1/2 pound of metal with you that you call keys. Keys for the car, keys for the house, keys for the office and keys you can’t remember what they unlocked but you are pretty sure they are important. We feel your pain. Well, it probably isn’t going to be that way for too much longer because NFC is here to unburden your pants and purses. Lockitron is a company that makes just such a solution and we have to say it looks very promising.
What are Lockitron NFC door locks
Essentially, the Lockitron system replaces your keys with your smartphone. The system basically has two ways in which it works; let’s explore the NFC way first. When you swipe your NFC-enabled smartphone over the sensor, the Lockitron box checks your access credentials to see if you are authenticated with its server and either unlocks the door or keeps you out. That is as easy as it gets, but there are a couple of caveats we will get to in a bit.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 24th, 2011 at 5:26 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Post Office could take snail mail contactless in 2012 with NFC POS terminals
The UK Post Office is considering whether or not to equip all 12,000 branches with contactless NFC POS terminals by October 2012. For those in other countries who are unaware of British Post Office, you should know that it always sits at the heart of every community, is very traditional and generally also sells a hodgepodge of stationary and provides services including foreign currency exchange, benefits payments and even provides insurance products and banking. Obviously postage and mailing packages is the core business of the Post Office, and it does this in collaboration with its sister service, the Royal Mail, which as part of the old public organization the General Post Office (GPO) acted as one service. It actually has an important place in British culture, often becoming a meeting point in many communities across the land. However, what is not usually associated with the Post Office is bleeding edge technology.
Verifone NFC mobile wallet survey finds 57% of U.S. adults think mobile payments will be widespread in 3 years
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 23rd, 2011 at 4:44 PM Filed Under Latest News
Verifone NFC mobile wallet survey finds 57% of U.S. adults think mobile payments will be widespread in 3 years
The Verifone NFC mobile wallet survey finds that discounts and coupons will drive adoption of mobile payments
Verifone has commissioned StrategyOne to conduct a survey on their behalf of 1036 U.S. adult consumers. Whereas the findings of the the Verifone NFC mobile wallet survey are in line with other recent studies, they do show slight shifts in education and what people expect from NFC mobile wallets and mobile payments.
The Verifone NFC mobile wallet survey findings:
Verifone NFC mobile wallet survey shows attitudes related to adoption
The Verifone NFC mobile wallet survey finds opinions appear to be slowly shifting with more positive findings occurring than were evident even a few weeks ago in other studies. NFC mobile wallets are becoming better understood and accepted as the future of how we will pay for goods and services, and we can see a slight change in how this is perceived by the general public.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 23rd, 2011 at 1:24 PM Filed Under Latest News
Danish NFC joint venture for mobile wallets on a SIM
Another day, another collaboration that leads to a few network operators in Denmark getting together to form a Danish NFC joint venture to bring the mobile wallet to the masses. We in the U.S. have Isis, the UK has an unnamed version supported by Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone; and today it is the turn of the Danish. Four of the country’s main carriers have banded together to form an NFC joint venture. Telenor, Three, TDC and Telia, or 4T as we have dubbed them here at NFC Rumors, have come together to create a common platform that seamlessly unites the NFC mobile wallet experience for customers on any of their networks.
3, Telia, TDC and Telenor form a Danish NFC joint venture
Proposed benefits of the Danish NFC joint venture
The quartet of mobile operators who have formed the Danish NFC joint venture also see the technology allowing people to borrow a book from the library and to open hotel doors. Consumers that have a smartphone on one of the Danish NFC joint venture member’s networks will also be able to pay for goods, services and travel & get coupons. The stated main goal of the Danish NFC joint venture was described as “Everything we currently physically have in our wallet or purse will soon be available digitally on our SIM card as ordinary everyday functions on our mobiles,” and so, “will therefore not experience the slightest change in the use of the digital wallet when changing telecommunications company”.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 23rd, 2011 at 10:53 AM Filed Under Latest News
NFC POS terminals for one third of merchants within the next year, VeriFone’s register rings
It’s a good time to be in the NFC POS terminals business, if Eric Schmidt of Google is correct. Google’s Executive Chairman spoke at the annual Cannes Lions Advertising Festival on Wednesday where he suggested that one third of U.S. POS terminals would accept NFC payments within a year. He did qualify this further by saying that this was his “educated guess”, but this does show how boisterous the mighty search giant feels about the emerging digital wallet industry. However, market penetration would have to be very compelling to move enough retailers and merchants to take up the NFC POS terminal technology at that pace.
The U.S has approximately 7 million credit card accepting locations and that would require a massive take up in sales of NFC POS terminals
Here in the U.S. the roll out of contactless NFC POS terminals started 7 years ago and thus far 2% have been upgraded, or 140,000 if you prefer, actual units rather than percentages. So if our math is correct that would mean nearly 2.2 million NFC POS terminals, when we minus off the current 140,000 already installed, would need to be purchased, installed and be ready to rock and roll within the next twelve months. Even if we break that figure into twelve equal parts it would mean that 182,758 NFC POS Terminals would need to come online a month, and that ladies and gentlemen, is a steep order – not impossible, but steep. What we take from this prediction is that whether these figures are correct or not it’s a great time to be VeriFone.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 22nd, 2011 at 9:21 PM Filed Under Press Release
Poland turns to Orange, NFC contactless payments breakout in the streets
PTK Centertel is an Orange Group affiliate who is ensuring “several thousand” customers can use their NFC phones to make contactless payments at 35,000 terminals in Poland.
Orange is certainly not allowing any moss to gather as it pushes forward in bringing NFC contactless payments facilities to its customers in Europe. The French company has already partnered with BarclayCard in the UK and launched similar NFC programs in France & Spain. Next on the hit list: Poland.
Poland has 35,000 POS terminals ready to accept contactless payments
In its continuing onslaught of product launches, its Poland branch, PTK Centertel, is working on a commercial pilot that will let several thousand participants make low value contactless payments at the point of sale by tapping their handsets against the country’s 35,000 contactless payments readers. Poland’s NFC infrastructure is moving along quite nicely and members of the pilot group will be able to use their NFC phones for contactless payments in fast food restaurants, supermarkets, cinemas and other retail stores.
Krzysztof Sieczkowski, Product and Content Development Director at PTK Centertel said, “With already a number of large-scale rollouts around the world, Gemalto is definitely the trusted reference for mobile NFC implementation,” he added, “We need a complete solution to speed up our time-to-market, and leverage the strong contactless payment network already existing in Poland to make our consumer the first to benefit from the NFC experience.”