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Report: NFC-Enabled Smartphone Shipments to Top 1.2B by 2018

March 27, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Smartphone makers will continue to include Near Field Communications (NFC) in their devices, whether or not consumers actually use the technology. According to IHS Technology, global shipments of cellphones equipped with NFC are set to surge by a factor of four from 2013 to 2018, reaching 1.2 billion units. 

Review: CashWrap Case No Replacement for iPhone's Lack of NFC

February 27, 2014 3:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

My son picked up the my phone the other day and commented that he liked the case I was using. It...

Visa, MasterCard Offer More Phone Payment Options

February 19, 2014 10:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Visa and Mastercard announced separately on Wednesday, that they will give merchants and banks...

MobileCon Panel Wonders If NFC is For Real

October 17, 2013 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon CEO Dan Mead encouraged a “really candid” discussion...

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Apple’s iBeacon, PayPal Gang Up on NFC’s Mobile Payment Hopes

September 25, 2013 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

It’s too early to break out the nails for NFC’s coffin. There are still plenty of uses for the technology. But NFC’s mobile payments aspirations look like they’ve suffered a death blow at the hands of Apple’s iBeacon, Bluetooth LE and PayPal.

Companies Struggle to Popularize Mobile Money

March 1, 2013 10:05 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Mobile money may seem like a hot concept, but consumers aren't warming to it. At the world's largest cellphone trade show, here in Barcelona this week, the 70,000 attendees are encouraged to use their cellphones —instead their keycards— to get past the turnstiles at the door...

Report: Early Isis Results Warrant Skepticism

February 8, 2013 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mobile wallet joint venture Isis is seeing results from trials in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas, according to Yankee Group, but research group isn't quite convinced.  Since the trials were launched in Sept. of 2012, merchants supporting the mobile payment...

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ISIS, USA Technologies Trial NFC in Vending Machines

December 3, 2012 11:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

USA Technologies (USAT) today announced a partnership with ISIS to enable up to 7,500 vending machines in Austin and Salt Lake City to accept mobile payements via USAT’s NFC-enabled ePort technology and ePort Connect service. According to a press release, the technology will work with the sis Mobile Wallet product. 

Inside Secure Certifies NFC Stack on Ice Cream Sandwich

January 17, 2012 7:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Inside Secure, which recently announced a partnership to provide Intel with its NFC platform, today announced the availability of its Open NFC protocol stack...

Inside Secure Partners with Intel on NFC

December 14, 2011 5:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Inside Secure, a provider of semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Intel to provide the company with Inside Secure’s NFC products and technologies. The agreement gives Intel access to

Galaxy Nexus Produces First NFC Growing Pangs

December 7, 2011 7:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Galaxy Nexus rolling out on Verizon Wireless without Google Wallet is just the beginning of mobile payment politics and a sign of the fragmentation to come.

Google Expands Wallet Product

October 18, 2011 8:29 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google announced new features to its NFC-enabled Google Wallet product, adding featured offers...

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Isis Lists Smartphone Makers for NFC Payments Push

September 28, 2011 8:12 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Isis says six top smartphone manufacturers will manufacture smartphones compatible with its NFC-based mobile payments service.

Broadcom Delivers 40nm NFC Chip

September 26, 2011 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Broadcom today unveiled a new family of 40nm NFC chips that the company says are more power efficient and include additional functionality.

Visa Ramps Up NFC Chip Plans for Mobile Wallet

August 9, 2011 8:30 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Visa is picking up the pace on its mobile wallet plans amid growing momentum for NFC-based payments on smartphones.

Mobile Marketing: Outside the Box

July 23, 2011 7:11 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Over the past couple years, mobile has proven its effectiveness at reaching a targeted audience in ways that drive engagement in incredibly unique ways.

Report: $670B in Mobile Payments by 2015

July 5, 2011 8:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The total value of mobile payments for digital and physical goods, money transfers and NFC transactions is set to skyrocket...

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NFC: Approaching the Technology from an 'Open' Perspective

June 6, 2011 1:48 pm | by Jeremy Belostock, Nokia | Articles | Comments

Currently NFC is seen as one of the most exciting areas in our industry in terms of revenue generation: Projections show up to 700 million NFC-enabled mobile phones will be sold by 2013.

Google Makes Mobile Wallet a Reality

May 26, 2011 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The mobile wallet has arrived, at least in a limited form, as was announced today at Google's press event in New York City. The company announced two new products, the NFC based Google Wallet and Google Offers. The two products

The Transformational Power of NFC

May 16, 2011 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

NFC generated considerable buzz at this year's CTIA Wireless conference in Orlando, Fla., with executives finally able to start talking real-world applications...

Report: Isis NFC Venture Scales Back

May 4, 2011 8:23 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless may be curtailing their plans to launch a nationwide mobile commerce network using NFC technology.

NFC Gets Google Endorsement, Looks to Disrupt

April 1, 2011 8:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google announced yesterday that it has joined the NFC Forum, an organization committed to tackling standards and technological hurdles associated with near field communications (NFC).

Gemalto Partners with MasterCard on NFC Solution

March 30, 2011 8:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Gemalto, provider of digital security solutions, today advanced the near field communications (NFC) payment space with the announcement of a UICC-embedded software application...

NFC Takes Baby Steps to Market

March 22, 2011 1:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Balsan and the other three panelists agreed that this is truly the "launch year" for NFC, they also came to the consensus that it's going to be baby steps from here.

NFC: The Power to 'Touch and Transact'

February 23, 2011 8:17 am | by GV Kumar, XIUS | Articles | Comments

While both smartphones and traditional mobile phones offer basic voice and SMS, the divide begins to widen when you introduce capabilities for additional services such as ring tone, music, video, billing top-ups, etc.

Q & A: 2011 a Breakout Year for NFC

December 15, 2010 7:10 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Paula Berger spoke with Wireless Week about the forum's new certification program, the recent announcements from Google and top U.S. wireless operators, and discussed what the forum expects from the NFC market over the next year. Below is an edited transcript of the discussion.

NFC Forum Set to Announce NFC Certification

December 6, 2010 7:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The NFC Forum tomorrow will hold a press conference to announce new details of a near-field communications (NFC) certification program...

Analysis: Social Networks All the Rage, But Where’s the Money?

June 3, 2009 9:02 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone said during last month’s Reuters Global Technology Summit that they’d be generating revenue from their social media site by year’s end.

Twitter Co-Founders Mum on Revenue Plans

May 27, 2009 9:11 am | by Elliot Spagat, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Twitter’s co-founders say the rapidly growing online communications company will eventually charge fees for its services

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