Market research firm IHS iSuppli is predicting an increase in NFC phones shipped this year after ISIS’s announcement that it will work with more partners, including Visa and MasterCard, reports Intomobile.com.
Originally planned to leverage Discover’s payments infrastructure, the NFC m-payments joint venture formed last year by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile now says it is open to working with whomever wants to join.
ISIS made the decision in order to the roll out the service faster and at a greater scale, and to help foster a united m-payments ecosystem that will help support all parties involved.
This development has prompted iSuppli to adjust its 2011 NFC phone shipment numbers from 79.8 million units to a modest 93.2 million. However, by 2014 the ramifications are expected to be immense, with NFC phone shipments doubling from 220.1 million units to 411.8 million.
By 2015, the firm says NFC phone shipments will jump to 544.7 million, accounting for approximately 30.5% of all mobile phones shipped that year.
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