Samsung and Philips announced they are teaming up to incorporate Near-Field Communication technology in future cellphone models from Samsung, giving users the ability to use their phones to make payments. Incorporating an NFC chip from Philips in Samsung’s phones will effectively turn the handsets into contactless smart cards, with the ability to make payments, according to a joint statement. The phones could also be used as a key card to enter a building, for example, this is the same technology, by Sony, that powers mobile FeliCa by in Japan.
The statement did not specify when Samsung plans to release its first NFC-enabled handset. But the cell phones will be just the first devices from Samsung to incorporate the technology, according to the statement, implying that it plans to add the technology to other devices as well. Nokia has also announced plans to offer NFC-enabled cell phones. Continue >>