Softbank Brings NFC Technology To iPhone 4 For Mobile Payments

News | Tuesday December 21 2010 10:35 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , ,

It is a known fact that when it comes to cellular phone technology, Asian countries like Japan and South Korea are a generation ahead of the West. Technologies like
(Near Field Communications), a short range wireless technology, which enables support for “tap and go” credit and debit card payments and public transport fare payments while on the move is yet to take off in the West.
Since Apple yet to deploy NFC technology in the iPhone , Japanese carrier Softbank is taking steps to bring NFC technology to
, as other competing phones in Japan already support NFC technology for mobile payments. 
In a press release, Softbank has introduced new NFC stickers or ‘seals’ that will bring limited NFC functionality to Apple ‘s iPhone . The add-on accessory “sticks” to the rear of the iPhone 4 and would cover almost the entire back – except for the camera lens.
will be usable with the stickers attached. The NFC stickers will make it possible for iPhone 4 owners in Japan to interact with some of the most commonly used mobile phone payment options.  It is still not clear how users will be able to use the sticker as it looks like the it won’t interact with the iPhone and will act as a dumb NFC card.
The sticker is made of polyurethane and is quite lightweight tipping the scales at just 14 grams (0.5 ounces). The sticker will be available for $36 when it goes on sale in February 2011.
. Let’s hope
is NFC ready as we’re not sure how many users will like the idea of putting a sticker on the glass back panel of iPhone 4. What do you think?

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