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June 17, 2012

NFC payments in US to Touch 43 million from 3.9 million

The US will have the world's highest density of NFC point-of-sale terminals in five years time, the forecasters say, as the global installed base increases from 3.9m today to 43.4m in 2017.
The market for NFC-ready POS ( Point of Sale) terminals "grew fiercely" in 2011 with annual shipments doubling to an estimated 2.5 million units worldwide, according to a new research report from Berg Insight.

A total of 3.9m NFC-ready POS terminals were installed globally by the end of 2011, Berg says, and the number is due to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 49.4% to reach 43.4m units in 2017.

"This corresponds to an increase in the penetration rate from 8% in 2011 to 53% in 2017," Berg explains. "The penetration rate is projected to be highest in North America where an estimated 86% of the terminals will be NFC-ready by 2017. The penetration rate in Europe and the rest of the world will be 78% and 38% respectively."

"The rapid growth was driven by a transition in the NFC-payments ecosystem from performing trials to accelerating the rollout of NFC-ready payment infrastructure, in preparation for the arrival of NFC-based mobile payment services," say the forecasters.

Mobile Payments Technology : Qr Codes vs NFC

Whenever near-field communication technology hits the headlines, it is always being compared to QR codes. This was the case when Google replaced QR codes with NFC patches for its Google Places, and also when Google announced that it was going to use NFC for its Wallet service. Recently, Nokia announced that they were more bent on using NFC for their NFC hub, and QR codes were mentioned in numerous reports as being on the way out.

When it comes to features, it seems that NFC can win the battle. Both NFC and QR codes can easily bridge the online and offline world and could take users to different websites, videos and other content. Both are very flexible and could be used for a lot of applications. But unlike QR codes, NFC has fewer chances to fail. You can still use NFC even if you have shaky hands just as long as you hold you device up at less than 2 centimeters from the receiver. You just wave or tap, and you get an effortless way to connect. QR codes could fail if you do not have the right reader, or you do not get a steady shot.

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May 28, 2012

NFC Enabled Mobile Handsets :Top 10 List

According to a recent study from the Auriemma Consulting Group, 30% of US mobile users would be willing to upgrade their Cell Phone for the sole purpose of gaining NFC payment technology.
And 23% said they’d be willing to switch carrier for the extra functionality. That’s a significant number considering the cost and hassle of switching phone or carrier. (via

NFC world has recently released a list of the  25 Mobile Handsets which are available across stores

The Acer E320 Liquid Express is an entry-level Android smartphone and is the Taiwanese manufacturer's first NFC handset.

2)BlackBerry Bold 9790
The BlackBerry Bold 9790, codenamed 'Bellagio', was announced in November 2011 and is now shipping.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, the first handsets from Research in Motion to include NFC, were announced in early May 2011 and are now shipping. 

The BlackBerry Curve 9350, BlackBerry Curve 9360 andBlackBerry Curve 9370 were announced in August 2011 and are now shipping. 

The BlackBerry Curve 9380, also known as 'Orlando', was announced in November 2011 and is now retailing across stores 

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest Google reference handset and is now shipping in the UK and the US. The phone runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 

2    7)  Google Nexus S
The Google Nexus S, a full-featured smartphone running Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' and manufactured by Samsung, has NFC support built in. 

      8)HTC Incredible
A version of the HTC Incredible designed to run China UnionPay's NFC payments service via a microSD-based NFC add-on was announced in August 2011. 

      9)HTC One X
The HTC One X is the new flagship handset for the Taiwanese phone giant, featuring a 4.7-inch 1280 by 720 display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 and NFC. The One X — previously known by the codename HTC Edge — will be available from April 2012.

The LG Optimus LTE, also known by the model number LG LU6200, is a high-end Android smartphone which boasts a 4.5-inch HD screen, LTE and NFC.   

May 27, 2012

The Biggest Tech Disruption: Near field Communications(NFC)

NFC is a set of short-range wireless technologies, typically requiring a distance of 4 cm or less. NFC operates at 13.56 
 on ISO/IEC 18000-3 air interface and at rates ranging from 106 kbit/s to 424 kbit/sInfographic source :NFC Evolution

NFC traces its roots back to Radio-frequency identification, or RFID. RFID allows a reader to send radio waves to a passive electronic tag for identification and tracking.
NFC Evolution and History
  • 1983 The first patent to be associated with the abbreviation RFID was granted to Charles Walton
  • 2004 Nokia, Philips and Sony established the Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum
  • 2006 Initial specifications for NFC Tags
  • 2006 Nokia 6131 was the first NFC phone
  • 2010 Samsung Nexus S: First Android NFC phone shown[
  • 2011 Google I/O "How to NFC" demonstrates NFC to initiate a game and to share a contact, URL, app, video, etc.
  • 2011 NFC support becomes part of the Symbian mobile operating system with the release of Symbian Anna version.
  • 2011 RIM 2011 is the 1st  company to be certified by MasterCard Worldwide, the functionality of PayPass
Some  of the applications which NFC will enable are

NFC Services in hotels, taxis, ticket offices…

NFC gadgets: routers, wireless speakers, headphones

1/5 of smartphones will be NFC-enabled by 2014

NFC may have a positive environmental impact as it decreases the number of paper receipts.

NFC  usage across Enterprise to grow exponentially by 2016.

NFC in tablets and social network

NFC and social network

NFC would  enable  use of electronic payments 

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