ViVOtech and DeviceFidelity have partnered to bring a full range of applications for mobile commerce to smartphones. For the payments industry, this could be a big step forward in building momentum behind all kinds of contactless applications. However, only the success of the recently announced trials and customer experience will determine the feasibility of further developments in this area.
DeviceFidelity's launch of an NFC-enabling cover for the iPhone follows hot on the heels of other developments to convert mobile handsets into contactless form factors. Given the sensitivity surrounding the NFC business model, this will provide added impetus for acquirers to build contactless acceptance but risks alienating mobile operators from future discussions around mobile payments.
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