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Devices Services

Apple’s digital payments system: Amex, Visa & MasterCard

This story is flying around the marketplace at the moment (and, incidentally, getting quite a lot of traditional banks in a bit of a panic): Hot on the heels of a report that Apple has inked a deal with American Express, a second report has stated that the company has also signed deals with Visa […]

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Services

The contactless challenge kit has arrived #GemaltoNFC

I think this is the kit I need to properly participate in the Gemalto Contactless Challenge! Let’s have a look: Yup! Right. Time to get it charged.

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Opinion

Yet another Apple NFC story: Come on Apple!

So another week, another Apple-will-have-NFC story. I’m sure you’ve seen it. One of the reasons I was so disappointed by the recent Apple keynote was the total lack of new hardware. One of the key points we were all looking for was Apple’s NFC strategy. The reasoning was pretty straight forward: It’s game over for […]

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Devices Operators Services

First look at Orange’s Samsung Tocco Quick Tap

Thanks to Orange I managed to get hold of the all new Samsung Tocco handset with Quick Tap contactless payments support. I filmed a quick video overview with Socialcam to show you what it’s all about. I did a semi-unboxing (I’d already switched on the phone) and then I set about messing around with the […]

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Devices News Operators

Quick Tap contactless payments from Orange & Barclaycard: Live today!

Well then — it’s good news this morning for Orange and Barclaycard. They’ve left other mobile operators waving in the dust with the launch of their all new ‘Quick Tap‘ contactless payments service. You know the drill, right? We’ve been hearing about this sort of use case for quite a while. If you’d like to […]

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Devices Operators

Everything Everywhere: NFC launching with 40k shops ready to rock

Dusan over at IntoMobile has the details: UK mobile operator Everything Everywhere, which is a joint venture between Deutsche Telecom’s T-Mobile and France Telecom’s Orange, announced a commercial launch of a nationwide contactless mobile payments scheme in Q2 2011. via UK: Everything Everywhere announces first commercial NFC rollout during Q2 2011. Good work Everything Everywhere. […]

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Opinion

Forbes picked up my NFC piece

Thanks to Parmy Olson over at Forbes who picked up my NFC/Apple piece the other day. Here’s what Parmy quoted: For now, however, Nokia has to endure with the sort of NFC-hype it has never been able to generate, despite its best efforts to invest in the technology. Ewan over at Mobile Industry Review says […]

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Opinion

Apple iPhone NFC: Once formally announced, it’s game over for the rest of the industry

Is there nothing that the iMachine cannot conquer? No. Not when you’ve got almost every analyst, every journalist, every blogger, every outlet of significant influence drinking the Apple Koolaid. That’s not to say that Apple’s ‘Koolaid’ is wrong. One stroll along University Avenue in Palo Alto demonstrates that the mobile industry is — from the […]

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News

Use your mobile as your Oyster card!

That is just one idea that has been floating around Mobile Industry Review for sometime; and it seems like after a trial period, people like it! The Near Field Communications (NFC) which O2 had been trialling with Nokia has had some optimistic results. Apparently nine out of ten (90%) of the five hundred trialists said […]

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Devices

Coming to a Country Near You, Contactless Mobile Payment Trials

Tim Sills is based out of Southern California and one of his bags is mobile payments. He’s got quite a bit of experience in the category so I asked him to write an overview of where we are in the marketplace from his perspective. Here we go. Tim, over to you: – – – – […]

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Operators

First Data’s GO-Tags — the first step toward mobile commerce?

The mobile industry has been WOEFULLY inept at dealing with mobile commerce.  Appalling.  There’s a heck of a lot of hesitation going on. Only a few years ago, some mobile operators were doing their best to avoid getting anywhere near mobile commerce.  Now, as revenue plateaus and the data market is moving swiftly to flat […]

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Devices

Nokia unwraps latest NFC wallet phone

Nokia has unveiled its latest NFC-enabled phone, a 3G candy bar by the name of the 6212 classic. As well as the NFC functionality, the device has a 2 megapixel camera, radio, MP3 player and expandable memory of up to 4GB. Nokia says it will cost around 200 euros before tax and subsidies and will […]