The 2010 Mobile Year in Review

ComScore recently released this very good publication!

Some interesting findings are that consumers are increasingly turning to their mobiles for many other uses beyond just talking or even texting. 2010 was a year of undeniable progress in the mobile arena. A wide variety of increasingly advanced devices were introduced to the market, mobile content options continued to increase with an ever-growing
library of applications paired with improvements to the mobile browsing experience, while the definition of
the word “mobile” evolved with the introduction of tablet devices such as the iPad.

 

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Orange UK Launches Prepaid Contactless Payment Card

Mobile operator Orange UK has launched one of the first contactless prepaid payment cards–with the application also likely to be available on NFC phones later this year.

The Orange Cash cards will carry a MasterCard PayPass application and will enable cardholders to tap to pay for purchases of £15 (US$24.15) or less without entering PIN codes. There are about 40,000 merchant locations that accept PayPass and Visa’s contactless application, payWave, in the United Kingdom.

Orange Cash users will earn points by using the card, which they can redeem for airtime, text messaging or Orange shop vouchers.

Interested? Read full article here!

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NFC Congress 2011, Hagenberg, Austria

Today is the first day of the 4th annual NFC Congress and the authors of this blog are present. It’s taking place at Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences in the little village of Hagenberg, 20 km from the city Linz, in Austria. Hagenberg is worldwide known for its research, education and industry.

Read more about the topics that will be covered during these two exciting days here.

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Deutsche Telekom Announces NFC Mobile-Wallet Rollouts

BARCELONA – Large mobile operator group Deutsche Telekom today announced plans to roll out NFC services in four of its European markets starting this year, including launching its own mobile-payment service at the retail point of sale in its home base of Germany.

 

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Mobil betalning slår igenom

(CS/Barcelona) Snart kan du äntligen slänga din uppsjö av plastkort i plånboken. Allt från Visakortet till kundkortet på Ikea flyttar in virtuellt i mobilen. Visionen är mycket nära att gå från science fictionartade floskler till att bli verklighet.

Nokia var först med att ligga på hårt om mobila betalningar med närfältskommunikation, nfc. Men det är inte tack vare Nokia utan snarare trots finnarna som tekniken nu håller på att slå igenom.
Sören Babra på det svenska produktutvecklingsbolaget Payair kan historiken. Han har haft fyra mobiltelefonibutiker och vet allt om handlarnas strul med bankavgifter, kortavgifter och kassasystem.
– 1998 läste jag att om tre år är alla plastkort borta. Det är operatörernas, bankernas och mobiltillverkarnas fajtande som har sinkat utvecklingen, säger han.

Interested? Read full article here!

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London NFC trial shows customers want contactless m-payments

A pilot scheme that allows Londoners to use their mobile phones to pay for tube journeys and make small value purchases has been hailed as a success, with the majority of participants saying they are happy using the contactless system.

Interested? Read full article here!

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Via NFC: Japanese Social Network Mixi First To Let Users “Share” Real-World Items

FACEBOOK FEATURED FRiENDS o^^o

Image by aJ GAZMEN ツ GucciBeaR via Flickr

Japan has always been the land of mobile. As such, it’s no big surprise that the country’s biggest social network, Mixi (JP, 23 million members), sees 25 of its 29 billion monthly page views coming from cell phones. And according to Mixi, it’s now the first social network that lets users share information with friends through NFC technology on Android handsets.

Last year already, Mixi added two functions to its mobile site, which NFC is supposed to boost:

  • Mixi Check In (which works much like Facebook Places)
  • Mixi Check (essentially the same as Facebook’s Share function)

Interested? Read full article here!

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