T-Mobile Promises to Make NFC a Reality in 2013

Brad Duea, senior vice president of product management at T-Mobile, isn’t shying away from bold pledges for this new year. Duea said Tuesday in a T-Mobile blog post …

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Brad Duea, senior vice president of product management at T-Mobile, isn’t shying away from bold pledges for this new year. Duea said Tuesday in a T-Mobile blog post that his company is going to make NFC a reality in 2013.

“In 2012,” the executive writes, “we saw the expansion of near field communication (NFC) technology in a number of smartphones, enabling T-Mobile customers to tap or bring their phone within close proximity of another NFC-capable device or phone to exchange and share content.”

T-Mobile’s NFC capable phones include the Samsung Galaxy S III, Google Nexus 4, Windows Phone 8X by HTC, Nokia Lumia 810, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II.

Beyond the current device and accessory portfolio, T-Mobile says 2013 will take NFC to the next level.

“This year,” Duea asserts, “T-Mobile is bringing even more NFC capabilities to life.”

Beyond our current NFC offerings, T-Mobile is working with a number of partners to bring a variety of NFC technologies to market, including Chase, one of the first banks to sign onto the Isis program, which allows select Chase credit cards, such as Chase Freedom, to function within the Isis Mobile Wallet.

“T-Mobile is actively working to make NFC a reality – today, tomorrow and down the road,” he concluded.

Do you believe T-Mobile and other major operators will put their money where their mouths are and really take NFC to the “next level” in 2013?

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    Cool, T-Mobile is announcing plans to deploy tech we have already seen or heard about for months. Can't wait to see their ads were people are using NFC to share data between devices.

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    They have understood it's not only for payments. T-Mobile wants to launch a carrier-specific NFC app, “Tap Tag”. Automate tasks, tap a tag to execute actions (something like the Samsung Tectile app) . They showed an android app at the CES, but wants it for any nfc enabled smartphone. Expected the first half of 2013.