According to Orange, Apple is concerned about the fact that NFC technology may not meet expectations and there is a question about the company to implement NFC into the new iPhone 5.
To be useful, the NFC needs to be adopted by majority of retail outlets and shops, as people can take advantage of the system and use their phone to pay, working the same way as the Oyster cards in the London Underground.
Currently there are over 10,000 retailers that accept NFC payments in France, but Orange believes that most of the shops in France will accept contactless payments by the end of 2013.
Customers who have a bank account in BNP Paribas can use the KIX application to make NFC payments.
In the UK, banks are being slow to support and create NFC payment applications and there was a lack of NFC-enabled smartphones.
Barclaycard and Barclays have launched contactless credit and debit cards, which are now used by a million people.
There are now more and more mobile manufacturers that are now adding NFC to their handsets. Nokia has included NFC in Orange’s variant of Lumia 610, the cheapest Windows Phone to date.
Orange in France started rolling out NFC-enabled SIM cards to their users in 2011, attempting to boost the NFC market. The SIM cards are part of the technology but they still have to be used with NFC-enabled smartphone or with a handset that is fitted with an NFC battery.
With so many pieces in the NFC technology, it’s no wonder that Apple is thinking so hard about implementing the technology in their handsets.