The first time I heard about NFC (Near Field Communications) was when Google announced they were going to be packing the chip inside Samsung’s Nexus S smartphone. NFC allows customers to make transactions in the real world using nothing more than their favorite NFC equipped smartphone.
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are in line to support a mobile billing system named Isis. This will allow customers to make charges via carrier billing but wont see a release until sometime in 2012. Sprint has been testing NFC since 2007 and it looks as though their research has paid off. Bloomberg reports their NFC-based system will be releasing sometime this year and will allow charges directly to a customer’s credit card.
This news trails the launch of Samsung’s Nexus S 4G, the announcement of Google Voice integration and the Evo 3D. Sprint seems to be pulling all the right punches this year.