NFC on SIM gives new life to legacy phones

INSIDE Secure and Sunward Telecom have announced they are demonstrating a new NFC upgrade solution that fits entirely within a standard-size SIM card and achieves industry standard, 4cm proximity transaction performance when inserted in a non-NFC mobile phone.

Simulating a MasterCard PayPass payment transaction, the demonstration shows how non-NFC mobile phones can be easily upgraded to perform payment and other transactions simply by inserting a new SIM card, a capability that will help accelerate the adoption of NFC card-emulation applications within legacy mobile phones in China and other markets with a large installed base of phones.

“It’s only been a few months since we gave the first proof of concept demonstration of this breakthrough technology at CARTES 2011, and now through the cooperation and expertise of Sunward Telecom we are able to show a complete solution that will soon be bringing new applications and business models to customers in China,” said Bertrand Moussel, executive vice president, EMEA and Latin America sales at INSIDE Secure.

“Through our alignment with Sunward Telecom, INSIDE was first to place an NFC card emulation solution, including antenna, into a standard SIM card, insert it into a mobile phone and have it perform up to industry standards. Now, Sunward Telecom will be first to market with a solution based upon INSIDE’s core technology that can bring the benefits of NFC functionality to the huge installed base of non-NFC phones.”

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