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Swedish retailer launches NFC loyalty programme

Leading Swedish retail chain ICA says it picked NFC for the rewards programme at its ICA To Go food store in Stockholm because it will appeal to the tech savvy, health-conscious city dwellers it wants to attract.

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DeviceFidelity begins shipping NFC microSDs direct to consumers

US iPhone users can now order a case containing an NFC microSD card online and use it to make payments with their mobile phone. An Android version will be added during the second quarter of 2012 and there are plans to make the technology available internationally from the end of the year.

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200m NFC phones in 2012

There will be 200m phones with built-in NFC technology by the end of 2012, according to the new edition of Deloitte's Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions report. "Even if 2012 turns out to be no more...

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Airline Industry Tech Provider Sees Major Role for NFC to Speed Check-in and Boarding

Airline Industry Tech Provider Sees Major Role for NFC to Speed Check-in and Boarding

With the help of NFC technology, airline passengers will routinely tap their mobile phones to pass through security checkpoints and boarding gates by 2018, predicts major airline industry IT and communications services provider SITA.

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Visa mobile spend heads for 50%

Over half the spending put through Visa in Europe in 2020 will be via a mobile device, predicts the payments company. The forecast is based on new figures which show spend on Visa cards in...

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Xing adds contacts with NFC

German B2B social network Xing has added support for NFC, allowing members to add new contacts to their network by simply tapping together their mobile phones. Xing is using the Android Beam peer-to-peer functionality included in Android...

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Entrust adds NFC to secure ID

Secure ID technology provider Entrust has added support for NFC and Bluetooth to its IdentityGuard authentication platform, enabling mobile phones to be used as corporate authentication devices. "Entrust empowers enterprises to use the mobile channel...

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Utility meters to get NFC top-ups

Inside Secure and embedded semiconductor maker Freescale have developed a reference design for an NFC-enabled prepaid utility meter that users can top up with their NFC phone. The meters would allow householders who prepay for...

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US retailers back chip and pin

"The US payments industry should undergo a coordinated migration to chip and PIN transactions which should support a broad range of payment types (contact, contactless, dual interface, debit, credit, stored value, private and 'white' label,...

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Tizen preview unveiled

The Linux Foundation has published a Tizen SDK preview to give application developers a pre-release look at the new mobile operating system. Tizen, a free open source OS based on Linux, is the successor to...

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Australasian TSM certified

ABnote's TSM hubs in Ingleburn, Australia and Christchurch, New Zealand have been certified under MasterCard's Mobile Partner Program. The qualification enables ABnote to provide TSM services such as personalisation and over-the-air application downloading to NFC...

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LG readies 3D NFC phone?

LG is preparing an NFC enabled 3D smartphone codenamed 'CX2' for launch at the Mobile World Congress next month, reports Pocketnow. The apparent successor to the LG Optimus 3D will feature a 4.3-inch 'glasses-free' 3D...

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Paperlinks platform adds NFC

Paperlinks, a service that enables business users to create and manage QR and barcode based campaigns, has included NFC tag reading functionality in its new barcode scanning app for Android devices. This article was first...

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OTI gets SIM+antenna patent

On Track Innovations (OTI) has been granted a US patent on its SIM+antenna NFC technology. US patent 8,090,407, "Contactless Smart SIM", describes several ways of adding NFC to an existing mobile handset using a special...

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Turkcell Launches ZTE Android NFC Phone as it Continues Mobile-Wallet Rollout

Turkcell Launches ZTE Android NFC Phone as it Continues Mobile-Wallet Rollout

Turkey’s largest operator, Turkcell, has introduced a second branded Android NFC phone model for its mobile wallet and has launched a new toll-collection application for the model.

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SITA demonstrates NFC for airport check-ins

"A passenger using an NFC-enabled device can be processed faster than any of the current boarding processes available today", says the air transportation technology giant.

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PayPal expands in-store

Online payments giant PayPal has signed a deal with Ingenico that will see its mobile payments technology integrated into the POS terminal maker's new and legacy contactless acceptance devices. PayPal is now also working with AJB Software Design,...

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OpenWays offers NFC room keys

OpenWays has unveiled a contactless hotel door key solution that works with both NFC and standard mobile phones. The new "Mobile Key Dual with Pure NFC" technology supports OpenWays' Crypto Acoustic Credential (CAC) technology as...

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Turkcell launches NFC payments on BlackBerry phones

The Turkish mobile network operator has become the first in the world to offer its subscribers the ability to make payments with their NFC-enabled BlackBerry mobile phones.

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Brazil moves towards NFC

The first commercial NFC service could go live in Brazil by the end of this year, Mustafa Almansur, the GSMA's NFC programme leader for Brazil, told RCR Wireless at an NFC event organised by the carriers' association...

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