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  • Editing Team 10:52 on January 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    AT&T Introduces NFC-enabled iPhone Cases for Isis Payments 

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    AT&T has introduced a range of phone cases that add NFC functionality to iPhone, allowing users in the U.S. to make Isis payments.

    Five options are available:

    ■The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 5 and 5S, available in black, pink or white for US$65.

    ■The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, available in black, white or pink for US$69.

    ■The Isis Ready Case for iPhone 4 and 4S users, available for US$65.

    ■The Isis Ready Charging Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, providing both NFC functionality and a backup battery for US$85.

    ■Otterbox Defender Series Mobile Wallet Case for iPhone 4 and 4S, offering NFC and rugged protection, for US$129.

    All five options can be ordered from AT&T now.

    “Using the Isis Mobile Wallet on an iPhone is simple. Select the Isis Ready NFC case, slide the iPhone in, download the Isis Mobile Wallet app from the App Store and tap your iPhone at hundreds of thousands of merchants nationwide for a quick and easy way to pay and save.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:28 on October 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ISIS to Launch, along with NFC iPhone Case 

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    ISIS — the mobile payments joint venture among AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile — will launch nationwide within the next few weeks with a redesigned app. The company’s NFC-based services will work across most new Android phones, and ISIS plans to support the iPhone via an NFC-capable case that will be released in the next few months.

    The company didn’t release details on the NFC iPhone case, including how much it would cost. When it launches, the company expects ISIS users to be able to make purchases at around 1.3 million contactless payment locations across the country, including at 24 of the top 100 merchants.

    ISIS CEO Michael Abbott remains upbeat about ISIS’ impending nationwide launch, promising that it would outdo rival mobile payment systems like those from PayPal. Further, he promised that there would be 30 million ISIS-capable NFC devices in the U.S. by the end of next year.

     
  • Editing Team 17:38 on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    ING Romania Launches NFC Mobile Wallet 

    ING-NFC-mobile-wallet-rfid-blogING Bank Romania has made its ING Pay NFC mobile wallet available to customers, after a year-long in-house trial.

    Available for customers with an iPhone 4, 4S or a Samsung Galaxy handset, the ING Pay app can be used to make microSD-based contactless payments at any Visa PayWave terminal.

    Customers must also have the ING Pay package. This includes an NFC antenna booster sticker and microSD card for Android users while Apple users need to insert a microSD card into a special iPhone case add-on before they can make payments.

     
  • Editing Team 18:13 on July 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    First iPhone NFC Payments Service Arrives in the UK 

    Moneto-iPhone-NFC-payments-UK-rfid-blogMoneto has partnered with payments processor Kalixa Group and MasterCard to launch its prepaid mobile wallet service, which uses DeviceFidelity’s microSD-based NFC technology, in the UK.

    The service is available at launch for iPhone 4 and 4S users. Android and iPhone 5 users are to be supported “soon” and plans call for the service to rolled out across other European countries in the coming months.

    Money transfer capabilities are also now being added to Moneto, which launched in the US in January 2012, via a partnership with MoneyGram, the world’s largest global money transfer provider.

    “We are excited to deliver the first ever NFC mobile payment service to iPhone users in the UK,” says Philippe Martineau, DeviceFidelity’s VP of business development for Europe.

    “The UK is one of the fastest growing prepaid markets in the world and is a leader in terms of NFC and contactless acceptance at the point of sale,” Ed Chandler, CEO of Kalixa Group, explains. “By enabling iPhone users to make smart, simple and secure NFC transactions we are taking an enormous step towards making mobile money an everyday reality for consumers.”

     
  • Editing Team 17:59 on July 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Guinness Offers Free Beer to NFC Phone Users 

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    The Diageo-owned brand Guinness is running a one-month event in the UK which enables Android or BlackBerry NFC phone users to tap their phone on an NFC-enabled pub drinks dispenser. In this way, they may have the chance to get a free pint of the black stuff.

    Drinkers at any of 20 pubs participating in the promotion can tap their phone to the harp logo on the Guinness bar tap and hit the on-screen enter button to enter the draw. In this way, they can participate in the event.

    “If you win, enjoy a pint on us,” says Guinness. “Unfortunately this offer is not open to iPhone users.”

     
  • Editing Team 18:01 on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Why NFC on iPhone doesn’t Matter 

    Apple-iPhone-NFC-rfid-blogAs the expected launch date on September of the next iPhone draws near, rumors about NFC on the new iPhone have begun to appear again. Yet, whether Apple adopts NFC on iPhone won’t change much. Here’s the reason why.

    For NFC, the largest and the most compelling use case is transit (70% of the mobile payments industry agrees on that). However, just a very small fraction of transit ticketing deployments is based on contactless EMV. The bulk of transit worldwide is based on proprietary standards and protocols, e.g. ITSO in the UK, Calypso in France and some other countries, etc. All those standards and protocols have zero interoperability.

    But that’s not all. Within the UK alone, every transit operator and every local authority that implemented ITSO-based smart ticketing uses proprietary security keys.

    Hence, for NFC-enabled iPhone to be used for transit in the UK, the following needs to happen:

    ITSO must certify iPhone’s secure element to insure full compliance with applicable standards. Will Apple be even applying for such certifications in every country where smart ticketing is implemented in transit? You can guess the answer. Even if ITSO unilaterally declares NFC iPhone to be ITSO-compliant, the issue of security keys remains.

    Will Apple knock on the door of every transit operator round the world to offer them free access to iPhone’s secure element? Of course not.

    In spite of transit, there are almost 20,000 financial institutions in the U.S. who issue payment cards. Can they realistically make a deal with Apple, Samsung, etc.?

    Where does all that bring us to? Two key conclusions:

    Cards are here to stay. You cannot stick a mobile phone into millions of ATMs and ubiquitous card terminals which are present everywhere you want to pay. Add the explosive mPOS revolution to the equation and sprinkle with the fact that 90% of those mPOS devices do not have contactless interface.

    Mobile transit ticketing needs a focused and dedicated effort by a company determined to make it work. The one which can talk to every operator out there. The one which is willing to bend backwards to stitch together all those isolated standards, protocols and hundreds of security keys, and integrate them all via a single form factor. That won’t be Apple or Samsung. And that form factor won’t be a mobile phone.

     
  • Editing Team 15:43 on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    45% of App Developers to Integrate NFC within the Next Year 

    app-developer-NFC-rfid-blogAlthough Apple excludes NFC in its iPhone 5, companies like BlackBerry and Samsung have supported NFC. 31% of app developers are currently using the technology in their creations, with 45% to do so within 12 months.

    In fact, the research from Evans Data shows that developers are more interested in the tapping tech than voice recognition and device pairing.

    Popular use cases for NFC are security and access — such as keycards and boarding passes — while social networking and commerce are among other drivers.

    Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, said: “NFC is the next evolutionary step in mobile computing. It‘s clear that it’s going to change the way we perform everyday actions such as opening a locked door, getting on an airplane, or making a purchase at a store.”

    “But developers also have plans for the technology that include games, measurements, and connections to appliances, cars or other devices. The extent to which NFC will impact us is only constrained by the imagination of the developers.”

     
  • Editing Team 12:04 on July 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple NFC Rumors Return 

    Apple-iPhone5S-NFC-rumors-rfid-blogThe next iPhone, the so-called iPhone 5S, is expected to be launched on September. Recently a new round of rumors that the next iPhone will include NFC has begun to appear. The rumors are based on two sources, one in the U.S. and one in China.

    The US source is an anonymous reader of PhoneArena who has told the blog that an entry has appeared in carrier Verizon’s database for “4G LTE nano NFC SIM cards”.

    The second source is Sina Weibo blogger C Technology, who has posted photos of parts of what could be the next iPhone. The lines visible in the lower half of the image are being explained by some as belonging to an NFC antenna.

    What do readers think? Are there any grounds here for thinking Apple might at last be planning to support NFC?

     
  • Editing Team 11:41 on July 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Is NFC Coming to the Apple iPad? 

    Apple-iPad-NFC-rfid-blogAccording to Apple Insider, the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent that refers to NFC technology. Although the patent isn’t specifically related to an existing product, it could mean that we’re going to see NFC capabilities in a forthcoming iPad or iPad mini.

    In iOS 7, Apple is still relying on other syncing methods, such as Wi-Fi. It will expand the capabilities of AirDrop to the iPhone and iPad, so files can be transferred wirelessly via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without the need to email them to another user. And at the iOS 7 keynote last month, Craig Federighi made a scathing reference to NFC, saying AirDrop does away with the need to ‘bump phones’.

    Perhaps Apple has had second thoughts. AirDrop is very handy (and it also exists on OS X, which is doubly useful), but it’s an Apple-only transfer method, and users could potentially use NFC to get their device to ‘talk’ to other manufacturers’ devices. More tellingly, NFC could also help Apple to roll out new payment services, where a phone exchanges data with a payment terminal in a store.

    You can read the Apple patent document now. It shows some intriguing mockups that describe how NFC would work on an iOS tablet or phone.

     
  • Editing Team 10:57 on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    US Bank Expands NFC iPhone Payments Nationwide 

    US-Bank-NFC-iPhone-payments-rfid-blogUS Bank has expanded its NFC mobile payment service for iPhone users nationwide.

    Anyone who signs up and qualifies for a FlexPerks Visa card and has the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S can use the Go Mobile service.

    Customers who qualify for a FlexPerks Visa card and opt in for the service will receive a customized US Bank Go Mobile iPhone case which is made by DeviceFidelity and can extend the battery life of their iPhone by more than 50%, along with their new card.

     
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