T-Mobile has proven itself to be a supporter of NFC and a recent blog post from Brad Duea, senior vice president of product management at the mobile company, details some of T-Mobile’s NFC-based products for 2013.
This past year was a big one for NFC technology and as Duea points out, T-Mobile customers were provided the ability to bring their phone within close proximity of another NFC-enabled device or phone to transfer and share content, conduct transactions and wirelessly charge their device.
Duea and T-Mobile are optimistic about NFC solutions and where the technology is headed in 2013. T-Mobile boasts a varied suites of NFC-enabled smart phones — the Samsung Galaxy S III, Google Nexus 4, HTC’s Windows Phone 8X, Nokia Lumia 810, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II.
As Duea points out, however, T-Mobile’s NFC portfolio goes beyond simply offering its customers a choice in device. Duea reveals that T-Mobile has planned additional NFC-based accessories that he states customers will be pleased with.
The Nokia Wireless Charging Stand uses NFC to charge the Nokia Lumia 810 as well as launch apps like an alarm clock or Pandora when the handset is placed on the dock.
Duea also discusses Samsung Tectiles, an app that enables users to alter settings on their phone, launch apps, check-in to locations, update social statuses and automatically make calls or send text messages.
Another piece of NFC-enabled hardware that Duea and T-Mobile are excited about it the Samsung Galaxy HM3300 Bluetooth Headset, which offers simple NFC pairing by tapping the headset to an NFC-enabled phone or Bluetooth device.
A final piece to the NFC puzzle that T-Mobile is excited for in 2013 is the Samsung AllShare Media Hub— an online database of TV shows and movies that models the likes of Netflix and Hulu. The AllShare Media Hub goes one step further by allowing T-Mobile customers to wirelessly connect their Samsung device or phone to any HDTV or HDMI display.
These offerings join the 2012 Launch of the Isis mobile wallet, which is expected to see an expansion in 2013 giving additional T-Mobile customers the opportunity to experience secure mobile payments.
More information about the above products, and Brad Duea’s full blog post can be found here.