February 1, 2011

Visa Brings NFC Contactless Payment to iPhones, adds Heft.

It seems like VISA could not wait until the future generation of smartphones to get its paw around the NFC buzz, so it released a little dongle called iCarte for our European friends to attach to their iPhones (iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS/3G w/ iOS 3.1+) for contactless payment.  Instead of going at it with a less "bulky" integration such as the use of NFC stickers as can be seen usedby Softbank and Bling Nation, VISA's solution is arguably more cumbersome (a. it assumes people will remember to bring it and attach it and b. it might be drawing power from iPhones battery).

I would have gone down the path of making a case with a slim batterypack and integrated NFC so it'd entice people to use it since it went from 1 function to 3 (NFC+Protection+Extended Battery)...  Just a thought!

Source: Engadget via ComputerWorld

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