DoCoMo’s Tsujimura speaks out about NFC technology and its place in the U.S. market

mobile wallets

Will NFC technology take off in the US like it has in Japan? Japan’s largest telecommunications company, DoCoMo Inc., has been working to develop its NFC infrastructure and services offered to consumers recently. The company is a leader in mobile technology in Japan and was the first to bring mobile Internet access to the country. The company has big plans to continue being the leading user of NFC technology in Japan, but believes that the technology will find major success in the U.S. DoCoMo senior executive vice president Kiyoyuki Tsujimura…

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ROAM Data unveils the world’s first universal NFC and magnetic card reader

NFC Swipe

ROAM Data, a developer of mobile commerce platforms, has announced that it has created the world’s first universal card reader that combines NFC technology with magnetic strip recognition. The reader, called NFC Swipe, is compatible with any mobile device and is designed with mobile commerce in mind. The NFC Swipe will allow consumers to make purchases using a credit card or anything that is NFC-enabled. In fact, the platform can turn nearly any electronic device, including a PC, into a mobile payment system. ROAM Data believes that the NFC Swipe…

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European Commission to determine whether mobile commerce project from the UK can proceed

M-Commerce Industry

Regulators with the European Commission, the legislative arm of the European Union, are determining whether to grant approval for a mobile commerce project from the United Kingdom. The project has been dubbed “Project Oscar” and is a joint venture amongst three of the UK’s largest telecommunications companies: Everything Everywhere, O2, and Vodafone U.K. The project seeks to promote mobile commerce through the spreading of NFC technology and mobile devices. The companies also want to build a system that would store the financial information of consumers so that this information is…

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WestSummit announces new investments, targets mobile commerce for future growth

Mobile Commerce Future

WestSummit Captial, a technology investment firm based in China, has announced that it will be investing in projects from Union Optech, an optical lens manufacturer, and INSIDE Secure, an NFC technology provider from Europe. WestSummit has extensive history in investing in growth stage technologies, powering their progress and making new products ready from commercialization. The company believes that its latest investments will be beneficial for the technologic ecosystem of China, especially as the country becomes more interested in mobile commerce. INSIDE Secure has been a leading developer of NFC technology…

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Study shows that consumers are divided on the concept of mobile commerce

Mobile Commerce NFC technology

A new study from the Auriemma Consulting Group, a financial consulting firm, indicates that there are two distinct groups of consumers when it comes to mobile commerce. The study notes that the division is very black and white. The first group represents consumers who are willing to adopt mobile commerce and purchase NFC-enabled mobile devices. The second group represents those who are unwilling to take part in mobile payments. The study shows that the latter of the two is the largest by a significant margin. According to Auriemma, approximately 30%…

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Sony’s new Xperia sola smart phone will feature NFC technology

Xperia sola smart phone

Sony has revealed their next smart phone called the Xperia sola. The acclaimed technology company has been keeping an eye on the emerging trends in the world of mobility, namely the rising demand for NFC-enabled devices. Other companies have already begun work on such devices – Nokia being among the first to launch NFC-enabled smart phones in the commercial market. In an effort to meet demand and establish its hold on its share of the NFC market, Sony’s Xperia sola will feature NFC technology. Sony developed the smart phone with…

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Report claims mobile commerce industry tied to the availability of NFC-enabled mobile devices

Mobile Payments

A new report from GBI Research, a strategic intelligence and analysis firm covering a multitude of industries around the world, suggests that mobile commerce may be held back by the availability of NFC-enabled smart phones and other mobile devices. The report, titled Near Field Communication Market to 2016 – Increased Availability of NFC Embedded Handsets Key for Higher Market Penetration, covers a variety of topics concerning the progress of the mobile commerce industry and how telecommunications companies are affecting it. Notably, the report compares the various international standards governing the…

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Infographic shows possible ways NFC technology could be used in the near future

Mobile Payments

  The United Kingdom’s orange Business Services, an information technology and communications company, has high hopes for NFC technology. NFC is becoming more popular as the prospect of mobile commerce grows. Consumers around the world are now being exposed to the technology for the sake of familiarity and orange believes that this will lead to some new uses for NFC. The company has created an infographic which details their expectations for the technology in the near future. The technology’s uses in mobile commerce are well known by now, but many…

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O2 and Isobar team to accelerate the development of NFC technology through new contest

NFC Technology

O2, the UK’s largest telecommunications company, has announced a contest for tech-savvy people looking to share their innovative ideas on how to use NFC technology. The company has partnered with Isobar, a modern communications agency, for the event, which will be held from February 24 to the 25. The contest is being labeled as the UK’s first NFC accelerator event and will aim to help developers secure funding for their innovative projects. Though the event is designed as a contest, its true goal is to accelerate the development of NFC…

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Connecthings expects to see the end of QR codes to come at the hands of NFC tags

QR Codes vs. NFC mobie marketing

Connecthings, a company specializing in NFC-based services and analysis, believes that NFC tags will, one day, be the end of QR codes. Many companies interested in mobile marketing have made similar claims in the past, but such predictions have yet to come true. According to Connecthings, however, more consumers are using NFC tags than QR codes. The France-based firm has distributed more than 24,000 NFC tags throughout Europe and has found that they are quite popular with consumers with smart phones. The firm claims that consumers with NFC-enabled smart phones…

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Report shows the rampant growth of the NFC mobile applications market

Mobile commerce Risks

A new report from Markets and Markets, a market research firm, paints a promising picture for the future of NFC technology. NFC has been around for several years but has only recently become a technology of consequence. It has provided advertisers with a new way to engage consumers who are growing increasingly reliant on mobile technology. NFC has also helped birth the new industry of mobile commerce. As such, the market for NFC applications, such as mobile wallets, has become more valuable. In 2011, the market saw revenue growth of…

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