What can you do with NFC?

What can you actually do with NFC phones at the moment? How does it work? Do you just register your bank details on the phone and tap it?

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mrew42  Mar. 7, 2012 at 13:30

NFC is capable of all manner of close proximity networking, not just for banking applications. It all depends on how the application that uses the technology is supported. It could be used as an electronic wallet, which stores an amount to be spent, like the Oyster Card for London Transport. Or as you say it could be linked to your bank account. But it can also be used to 'bump' data (contacts, photos etc) from one phone to another.
I've yet to see the 'killer' app announced for NFC, though if I could use it for my travel i'd happily ditch my oyster card.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 13:31

In the UK? Not a lot really, which is why not many phones have it and no-one outside the tech community has ever heard of it/cares about it.

If you live in Korea, then it's a far bigger deal and is far more widely used, from what I understand.


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