25 Oct '11, 9am

Tap your phone to shop in 2012

SINGAPORE: You may be able to pay for your purchases by "tapping" your mobile phone at more than 20,000 retail points and taxis by mid-2012. This is made possible through a technology called Near Field Communication (NFC). It uses the concept of a contactless card, such as EZ-Link cards but a mobile phone in this instance, opening up a wider range of options. For example, users may tap their phones against an NFC-enabled menu to place an order at a restaurant. They may also tap their phones against a movie poster to buy movie tickets. This service is made possible through a consortium which was set up after the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore made a Call-for-Collaboration with industry players to set up a nationwide NFC infrastructure in 2010. IDA decided to award the Call-for-Collaboration to a consortium comprising seven companies. The companies include...

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