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NFC Information

What is NFC?

nfclogoNFC stands for Near Field Communications. NFC is a set of standards for smartphones and other electronic devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity of each other. Potential applications include contactless commerce transactions, data exchange, and simplified setup of more complex communications such as WiFi. Communication is also possible between an NFC device and an unpowered NFC chip, called a "tag". NFC standards are based on existing radio-frequency identification (RFID) standards.

Read more about NFC at Engadget here.

What is an NFC tag?

An NFC tag is, as mentioned, a passive (unpowered) electronic device consisting of a very thin NFC chip and antenna, usually attached to or embedded in a sticker, card or other small object. The NFC chip contains some onboard memory for the purpose of data storage. When a powered NFC device is brought near the tag, power is wirelessly induced in the tag, activating it. The powered device can then read and/or write the contents of the NFC tag. The data can then be manipulated on the reading device to accomplish tasks or refer to other data such as Web sites.

Read more about NFC tags here.

What smartphones support NFC?

Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone are the current leaders in smartphone and tablet NFC support. NFCWorld maintains an ongoing list of devices here.

What are some Android applications for NFC?

Some applications we recommend:

NFC Tagwriter - A general NFC tag reading and writing application.

NFC Task Launcher - A powerful app allowing the use of NFC tags to store short automation scripts for your Android device.

NFC Tag Writer & Reader - Another NFC general tag reader and writer.

 NFC Taginfo - A simple NFC tag reader. Good for learning about NFC without worrying about accidental writes.

Search other Android NFC applications here.

What are some Blackberry applications for NFC?

Search Blackberry NFC applications here.

What are some Windows Phone applications for NFC?

Search Windows Phone NFC applications here.

What about NFC support in iOS?

There is no iOS support for NFC at this time.

Why choose tags?

Well, first and foremost, because they are cool! Featuring the ubiquitous friendly green robot, Droidtiles tags celebrate the forward-looking progress AndroidTM has brought to the mobile space. For the brand-agnostic, we offer blank tags as well. Second, our tags cost less than major branded tags such as Samsung TecTilesTM because of our lower overhead costs and market presence. Third, we offer several tag types to match your needs closely: Our standard NTAG203 tags are available as stickers, keychains or inexpensive inlays, and also in anti-metal format. For users needing larger tag capacity, such as users of the Samsung TecTilesTM mobile app, we offer Mifare 1K versions of our tags. Last but not least, we are committed to providing great customer service. If you have any special needs or requests, don't hesitate to Contact Us and we will do our best to help you out.

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