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Convenience just a phone swipe away. How would you like to use your phone as your train fare card or a discount card at a local attraction?

Nokia along with Royal Philips Electronics, Vodafone and the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV), the regional public transport authority for the Frankfurt Rhine-Main Region in Germany, announced that Near Field Communication (NFC) technology will be deployed in a commercial environment. This comes on the heels of a successful ten-month field test.

Nokia 3220 phones with integrated NFC technology will be used as electronic bus tickets and act as discount cards for retail outlets and attractions. All 95,000 residents of the City of Hanau, Germany will enjoy the ease and convenience of NFC for mobile ticketing in public transportation by a simple swipe of their phone. This feature will also enable mobile phones to receive discounts at RMV's 14 selected retail partners in the area including restaurants, shops and local attractions.

Since most people carry their phones with them everywhere they go, this idea of incorporating services offers great value and convenience to users. Initial testing of the NFC enabled Nokia 3220 mobile phones by Hanau’s residents has shown positive results with 90% of the trial participants finding this to be a positive, convenient system worth continuing. Success with this can prompt other similar ideas and offerings. 

With RFIDs in passports and credit cards, it really does not seem too far fetched that one day your cell phone will become your wallet.

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RE: Security issues?
By rushfan2006 on 4/21/2006 3:22:25 PM , Rating: 2
You didn't enough thought into it either...simply having a PIN number would make a stolen phone useless, except to make phone calls. Granted criminals might steal it anyways, since they are not always the brightest individuals.

Hmmm...lets see make Cell phones debit cards -- this increases the "value" of stealing a cell phone in the eyes of a criminal......yeah because its much cheaper if my $300 cell phone is stolen then my wallet (since I never carry more than $50 of "paper money" anyway) with a credit card is both cases you'd have to worry about ID theft and cancelling the information so there's no difference there. AND it's still more junk to worry about. Right now, I just have to worry about my wallet when I go with this technology now let me worry about the information in my wallet AND the information in my cell phone (financial information for you following along with the home game).

Also, hacking plastic isn't some Russian $10 a card number and encode them onto a card. No need to hack the card when people steal millions of cards info.

I never said it was hard. I'm saying lets not make it easier. Furthermore you took didn't get my point about I don't believe its a good idea how reliant we are getting on integration for all personal and financial data...they are one stop shops for stealing our money, our ID and god knows what else people will do with this stuff in the wrong hands.

If your argument is well you carry a wallet don't you with your SSN, Driver's License and credit'd be right EXCEPT I have a HECK of alot more control over my wallet (which btw, I never put cards I don't need in there 24/7 -- ie no SSN card, I only have a check/atm card and if you want to steal my health insurance card feel free..LOL) for one its always with me -- some times my cell isn't...not all of us want the hassle of baby sitting our "devices"...a small leather wallet is simple..put it your front pocket and forget about it until needed.

So YES actually I have thought about it...your points do not disuade my thoughts at all...I stand by POV on this.

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