In the last 6 months, the top3 smartphone manufacturers have announced moves down the NFC path toward a mobile payments solution.
Blackberry already released a Mobile payment solution with CIBC and Rogers using NFC for SecureTap, and announced another using a Secure Element Manager solution for NFC which is VISA approved. Blackberry have tinstalled he NFC chips on both their new models, the Z10 released earlier this year, and the Q10 due tentatively in May. No word as yet as to when applications will be released for BB10, but rumor has it that all the big banks have one in their pipeline.
Samsung announced that the Galaxy S4 will come with a Visa PayWave – Visa payments applet for contactless payments. Samsungs Galaxy S4 will also have Mobeam technology too which will allow mCouponing, mLoyalty, mGiftcards, and mTicketing.
Apple’s new iPhone 5s will have NFC and biometric security solutions developed by Authentec and Chipbond. Rumors have it that the IPhone 5S is slotted for release in July / August 2013. Logically it makes sense that Apple will integrate the NFC and fingerprint security into the Passbook app, which only has discount coupons, tickets and some low assurance store cards.
- iPhone 5S to Include Both Fingerprint Sensor and NFC? (macrumors.com)
- NFC: More than just mobile payments (reviews.cnet.com)
- RIM Gets Approved by Visa for NFC Mobile Payments (blackberrycool.com)
- Cibc – nfc payment app (forums.crackberry.com)
- Samsung and Visa pair up over mobile payments (pocket-lint.com)
- Samsung Galaxy S4 To Feature Visa NFC Payments (geeky-gadgets.com)
- Samsung, Visa to accelerate global mobile payments market (digitalspy.co.uk)
- App turns Google Nexus phone into payment tool (reviews.cnet.com)