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NFC on a SIM Card Gives New Life to Legacy Phones

INSIDE Secure and Sunward Telecom announced they will be demonstrating a new NFC upgrade solution that fits entirely within a standard-size SIM card and achieves industry-standard, 4-cm proximity transaction performance when inserted in a non-NFC mobile phone. Simulating a MasterCard  PayPasspayment transaction, the demonstration shows how non-NFC mobile phones can be easily upgraded to perform payment and other transactions simply by inserting a new SIM card, a capability that will help accelerate the adoption of NFC card-emulation applications within legacy mobile phones in China and other markets with a large installed base of phones.
INSIDE Secure and Sunward Telecom are demonstrating this NFC SIM card innovation in suite AV72 at the Mobile World Congress.
The NFC SIM card product developed by Sunward Telecom achieves its groundbreaking performance using core technology from INSIDE that significantly reduces the effects of the metals and electrical noise typically found within mobile phones and other mobile devices. When inserted into a phone, the NFC SIM card is able to communicate at 4 cm with contactless readers compliant with the ISO 14443 and EMVCo standards.
"NFC technology is being adopted by the major Chinese banks and mobile service operators, and contactless mobile payments will be one of the key applications of these organizations in the upcoming years," said Eddie Kwok, CEO at Sunward Telecom. "The NFC SIM card we are developing with INSIDE has all the components, including the antenna, embedded in the SIM card, and will allow mobile service providers and their customers to conduct contactless payments and other proximity transactions using NFC without purchasing a new phone or other alternative NFC device. We are very excited to work with INSIDE to create a product based on their patented NFC core technologies and introduce it to the China mobile commerce market."
Sunward Telecom expects to begin shipping NFC SIM card products based on the INSIDE technology in the fourth quarter of this year.

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