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NFC handsets and business models — one down, one to go?

OPINION: NFC silicon suppliers Inside Contactless and NXP both say they now expect to see a range of Android NFC phones arriving on the market from the end of this year with, says Inside’s Loic Hamon, a “vast portfolio of phones next year for sure.”

For years, ‘lack of handsets’ and ‘lack of a business model’ have been put forward as the twin obstructions to the adoption of NFC technology. Now that we seem set to have a wide range of phones available in less than a year’s time, attention is set to turn to the need for effective business models.

Will mobile network operators, banks and other key players now finally find a way to work together to put the necessary infrastructure in place to kick start the arrival of commercial NFC services?

Sarah Clark, Editor

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