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Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 16th, 2011 at 12:01 PM Filed Under Latest News
Proxama outs its MasterCard NFC mobile payment reference kit
British NFC marketing and development firm Proxama has released a MasterCard NFC mobile payment reference kit at CARTES this week. With many card issuers, banks and retailers with no solid NFC deployment plan aside from bringing in a big firm, there is very little in the way of testing equipment that can be used to demonstrate and review the viability of NFC in many businesses. Proxama has tackled this problem by releasing its kit to help companies play around with the firm’s own NFC mobile wallet to review NFC payments. Us techies who follow NFC are very use to the concepts and potentials, but a problem that NFC has faced is communicating those opportunities to potential industry stakeholders who have no clue what is involved in or possible with NFC payments.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 10th, 2011 at 5:41 PM Filed Under NFC Briefs
AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II NFC phone $50 at Radio Shack on Black Friday Radio Shack have published their Black Friday deals and they include the original Samsung Galaxy S II NFC phone for $50 with a new two year contract or an upgrade. So, if you have been longing for a Samsung Galaxy S [...]
Posted by Thomas GamboaOctober 21st, 2011 at 6:42 PM Filed Under Latest News, NFC Briefs, Rumor
Galaxy Nexus heading to Sprint with some NFC goodness?
Could Sprint offer the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the near future? We are still waiting to find out which carriers are going to offer the NFC touting Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Until we get official word on mobile network operators, there is always a slew of circumstantial rumors and tenuous links to get us through. Today’s rumor, believe it or not, is regarding Sprint coming on board for the Galaxy Nexus launch party. Brief Mobile got a hold of an image that suggests a Sprint partner received a poster that mentions the Galaxy Nexus by its code name Nexus Prime on a packing slip.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 19th, 2011 at 10:18 AM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone & Ice Cream Sandwich launch event (Video) Just in case you missed the ICS event last night where the Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone was announced along with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), we thought we would post the video. The video features the specifications for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 19th, 2011 at 1:22 AM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Press Release, Videos
Samsung Galaxy Nexus NFC phone announced for Verizon in US
It’s official, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been announced and it’s an NFC phone of the hero flavor. There have been months of speculation, including false rumors and poets hinting at what the NFC Samsung Galaxy Nexus may hold in store for consumers. Now we know, and the waiting is nearly over before you have the next pure Google experience phone in your pocket. We do have to say though, that the webcast sucked. Obviously here at NFC Rumors, Near Field Communication is a key element we are interested in and tonight we learned that the mighty NFC is on board as you probably expected from Google. Not only that, but NFC is the core component of Android Beam in the Galaxy Nexus.
Posted by Thomas GamboaOctober 17th, 2011 at 3:07 PM Filed Under Events, Latest News
Coke is in talks with Visa and may deploy NFC vending machines for the London Olympics
You may already know that Coca-Cola is already a sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games and you may already know that the city of London is making a concerted effort to go contactless with NFC payments running up to and during the games. It appears Coke wants in on some of the contactless action too and is reputedly speaking with Visa about how that can happen in the form of NFC vending machines.
Sanjay Guha, marketing and Olympics director, Coca-Cola Northwest Europe and Nordics (NWEN), said Coke was looking at an “execution” with Visa and the “opportunity to create cashless payments on vending machines” during the Olympics. Considering that Samsung is producing the official NFC phone for the games this seems to be a natural progression for Coke that would allow NFC vending machines to earn an ROI long after the games are over and potentially get a boost that could pay for the new NFC point-of-sale equipment during the games.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 27th, 2011 at 1:14 PM Filed Under Latest News, Reviews
Samsung Nexus Prime NFC phone confirmed by Samsung in cease and desist legal letter
Well, if there was any doubt left out there that the Samsung Nexus Prime, Google Android pure experience NFC phone, existed that appear to have all but melted. Rumors surrounding the existence of the Samsung Nexus Prime have been circulating for months now and with the expected launch of the next rendition of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, the likelihood of a new Google phone is high. Many rumors are just that, myths that in a Chinese whisper fashion roam from tech blog to tech blog and become bigger as they go. Even mainstream media gets involved with the speculation of mobile devices including well respected newspapers. It is up to the savvy reader to discern fact from fiction and to always treat information with a pinch of salt until multiple sources begin to backup the original rumor. Whether that be in the form of photographs of phones, phone parts or confirmation of component orders that manufacturers have received, spotting a rumor that has some backbone isn’t hard. Do you know what is better than all of the previous list in confirming a rumor? When the OEM accidentally outs itself as has happened with the Samsung Nexus Prime NFC phone.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 05th, 2011 at 11:45 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung City Player entry level NFC phone, revenge of the Tocco, return of the Star Part II
Samsung is introducing another entry level NFC phone to its lineup, so without further ado meet the awkwardly named Samsung City Player. Just when you thought the adventures of the Samsung Tocco were over and it was safe to come out from under the stairs, its reincarnation jumps onto the scene. However, this all new and improved version of the Tocco Icon doesn’t run on Android or any other OS you may have heard of. The Samsung City Player is powered by the MIDP 2.1 platform with a Dolphin browser. We’re not sure why this stripped down OS was chosen but the Samsung City Player is a budget NFC phone after all. We wouldn’t have been so surprised to have seen a Bada touting NFC phone come out of the Korean manufacturer and we have a sneaky feeling we may see a phone that uses that OS in the not too distant future called the S5750 Wave 575. You can check out that phone on our Global NFC phones list page.
Samsung City Player NFC phone specs
There aren’t any hardcore specifications available at the moment for the Samsung City Player. We do know it has a TouchWiz 3.0 interface and it will be available in black and white flavors. The phone has already available in France since June, and we can suppose based on the price of the Samsung Tocco Icon in the UK that it may cost around £100 ($163) but no official pricing is available as yet. Below is what we do have so far in the specifications department.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 07th, 2011 at 9:57 PM Filed Under Latest News
Bell Canada to launch Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone in late August
Bell Canada is getting ready to launch the NFC Blackberry Bold 9900 flagship phone at the end of August, according to a leaked ad. Just a few days after learning that the Blackberry Bold 9900 would launch in the UK on September 15th, thanks to Amazon UK, we find out RIM will be bringing the 9900 series NFC goodness to its homeland first thanks to Bell. Ad below, click to enlarge.
Bell Canada, Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone and more within the next couple of months
Bell Canada may be getting the Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone, but it’s not the only desirable phone the network will be carrying. Let’s face it – Bell Canada hasn’t always been known for its bleeding edge selection of phones, but that could change over the next few months. The Blackberry Bold 9900 will be joined by some of its brethren in the form of the BB Curve 9360(September), the Torch 9860 (late August) and the Torch 9810 (late August). The network has also just launched the HTC Sensation, and as we reported this last week, July 14th is the date that the Samsung Galaxy S II superphone will be released.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 06th, 2011 at 12:44 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
NFC Phones roundup
It has been an active few weeks of NFC Phones announced with even more rumors, and it is easy to forget what NFC smartphones we may actually have coming our way. Just a little over a month ago, the only NFC Phones that were actually for sale were the Google Nexus S in the US and the Samsung Tocco in the UK. Since then, we have seen the Nokia C7 / Astound released and we also learned it doesn’t have a secure element. So let’s look at the 14 NFC Phones that are available or could come our way in the not so distant future.
NFC Phones available today
The pickings are still slim for NFC phones that are available today, but the list is growing.