Samantha · Jun 9, 2013 at 06:00 am

What Can You Scan with Your NFC-Enabled Phone?

With a more than a decade-old history, near field communication, better known as NFC, seems to have only just recently exploded onto the market, mass distributed with almost every new device since 2012 and onward. You now see ads marketing and exhibiting the ‘magic’ of this relatively old technology, exemplified with people merely touching their phones together to share photos, videos, documents and so on. But did you know that you aren’t limited to these specific use cases?

XDA Senior Member one5‘s surely knew, as a thread was created listing a plethora of items that can be scanned with your NFC-enabled device. These include credit cards, student IDs from various universities, passports of certain countries, public transport cards and tickets, rewards and member cards, as well as many other miscellaneous items, such as books from the ‘Les Champs Libres’ in France. Please be mindful however, that in many instances involving such listed items, particular apps or passwords are required, and some may even come up as unsupported or encrypted, depending on your locality and so forth.

Further discussion can be had in the thread regarding the introduction and implementation of NFC into the infrastructure of many countries and cities, and you may just pleasantly discover that your local train station or ATM is NFC enabled, giving you the perfect reason to whip out your phone and perform some ‘magic’ in front of onlookers and passersby.

So if this has gotten your attention, be sure to check out the original thread for more information.


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