China Mobile has confirmed rumors that it is considering using a 13.56MHz NFC standard in addition to its 2.4GHz RFID mobile payment standard.
According to Marbridge Daily, the NFC standard is more favored by the banking industry, since it is used by the majority of POS terminals.
An anonymous industry source told Marbridge Daily that the 2.4GHz standard is more advanced than the 13.56MHz, but deploying it alone would require China Mobile to replace countless POS terminals in order to be economically viable. Therefore, China Mobile has opted to add the NFC standard to ensure compatibility with existing systems.
China Mobile is also working on creating a long-range mode for 2.4GHz standard, which would allow messages to be sent to China Mobile phone carries from up to 20-meters away.
This means that advertisers and vendors could use the technology to send real time messages from billboards or store fronts to passerby’s.
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