Sony and Watchdata team up on NFC

Watchdata is to add support for Sony FeliCa contactless technology to its range of SIMpass NFC add-ons.

Watchdata's SIMpass SIM+antenna NFC solution

Six million consumers in East Asia, mostly in China, already use a SIMpass SIM+antenna add-on to make NFC mobile payments with a standard mobile phone. Sony has shipped 605m FeliCa chips — 202m are embedded in mobile phones while 403m are used in plastic cards.

“The partnership between Sony and Watchdata is the ultimate win-win scenario,” says Wang Youjun, CEO of Watchdata. “It will provide for wider deployment of exciting new NFC mobile payment options for more consumers in more handsets in more regions than any other solution on the market.”

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