NFC mobile payments finally gaining traction, support in US.

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The fine folks of Japan (among other places) have enjoyed near filed communication-equipped cellphones for many, many years. Mobile users in the US have failed to enjoy such convenience, however, due to the multitude of licensing agreements and revenue sharing deals that are required for all parties to stay happy. Though, things look to be making a change for the better with an announcement that Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have all come together in the name of consumer happiness to NFC technology to the masses.

Starting in Atlanta as well as three other major US cities, the trio of wireless carriers above are aiming to flog the tech to its fullest, ensuring it can withstand the rigors of the US financial ecosystem. Whether or not it will honestly “help” people, one thing is for sure — it’ll be mighty convenient to leave your credit/debit cards at home. One less thing in my pocket is one more smile on my face.

Merchants on the other hand would have to spend a bit to make the tech mainstream, as their POS terminals would need all-new NFC readers embedded in their units. To that note, cellphone manufacturers would also need to implement NFC chips embedded into the phones themselves. Neither side really has it all that hard. It’s just getting over that first step that counts.

What about you? Have you looked across the pond time after time and found yourself jealous of their more technological ways…?


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