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Monday Poll: Do You Use Your Phone’s NFC Capabilities?

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A feature that we are seeing in all of the new top Android phones, is NFC. But we almost have to ask ourselves, why is that? If you ask Kellex or myself, we probably don’t use this feature anywhere near as much as we think we should. Even being the two Android Geek Guys™ that we are, when we’re hanging out together, I don’t think we have ever beamed anything to each other.

The system does have its own niche though in today’s marketplace. More businesses are implementing mobile payment stations, which allow users that are signed up for things like Google Wallet and ISIS to take advantage of these chips. But on top of that, is anyone actually using NFC to its full “potential?”

Once you answer the question below, feel free to drop down below in the comments and let us know how you implement NFC into your life, if so at all. Do you make mobile payments with it? Use it turn on system settings using well-placed stickers about your house and workplace?

Do you use NFC on your phone?

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  • I use the nfc in my phone some times but NEVER of wallet and the like only for turning bluetooth on and off etc and other task. I would not trust the “Secure Element” chip with my financial data. NFC is a gimmick like qr-codes. it has it’s advantages but at the end of the day why bother? nfc is best used if you want to experiment with the technology for fun has a hobbyist

  • Ashlee Ryan

    Living in the UK with a nexus 4 and there is no way i can use mobile payments, it really annoys me when i see articles saying that nfc adoption is slow, when half of us don’t have the opportunity to use it.

  • I would use it a lot more of Sprint, Samsung and Google Wallet worked on getting together on the Note II. Otherwise, I use only SOME of the capabilities, like transferring a webpage or app to a friend.

  • SecurityNick

    I pay with Google Wallet anywhere I can. Which unfortunately around here pretty much means CVS and an occasional fast food establishment. But, I use NFC every day. I have some tags set up to turn on various car apps/GPS/etc when I put into my car mount, then a fob on my keychain to reverse all that stuff. I have played around with some vcard and other settings toggles. Looking every day for more uses. I’ve beamed photos to a couple of other phones more or less just to test it out with someone. Occasionally beam a photo or link to my Nexus 10.

  • Russell Tanner

    In Austin I see quite a few businesses that have signs saying you can pay with ISIS, though I have not tried it. Is there anything actually sketchy about it, or does everyone just dislike it because it competes with Google Wallet?

  • Adrian Sciutto

    I have a Verizon G-Nex, and my brother has the Galaxy S3. His camera is WAYY better than mine, so at family gatherings, we use his phone to take pictures, then he beams them to me. Also, I have NFC tags all over my house/desk/car. My house allows people to connect to my wifi without password. My car turns on bluetooth/turns off wifi/turns up media volume/and opens Google Music. I use NFC at least once a day.

  • npompei

    I am shocked more people don’t use NFC. To me, people are just lazy. So why not use a lazy mans app?!
    I have one in my truck – It turns on GPS, screen timeout to 10min., max brightness, and finally bluetooth. That way I can connect immediately to my bluetooth and start music, nav, etc. Its a switch, so I can tap on my way out to put it back to normal.
    One at my office desk that I use every day – It turns off sound and data to save battery. Its a switch, so I tap it on my way out and it loads everything back to normal.

    I have others but these are just so convenient. I am shocked that we don’t use it more. People are all pissy about Google Wallet. That is like 1% of what NFC does?!

  • Alan

    I am not rooted and my bootloader is locked with verizon. How can i get google wallet

  • spickle

    I Beam things to guys at work all the time. mostly webpages. still have yet to use Wallet tho. mostly because i’m nervous and chicken out haha

  • When I first got my VZW GNex I used wallet several times at various fast food places. But for the past several months it has failed to work in every single location I have tried (again, various fast food joints). The only place GWallet reliably works for me is at the vending machine at work and I’m not paying $1.50 for a can of Dr. Pepper.

  • I’m sure I will when NFC gets to be more common, but in my area there are no places to use NFC payment, and I know about 5 other people with NFC enabled phones.

  • JDHokie

    I use Wallet now and then for the wow factor. I also use FileBeam a good bit with my friends to share files.

  • Rob

    Mostly for sharing photos/content.


    Any good guide for my Note 2 to really utilize the NFC technology? I love what was said about stickers around the house. I don’t know where to begin or how it could benefit me. I am very interested, though.

  • George Fayad

    TecTile on my desk to check in via foursquare, and another on my car’s visor to turn on bluetooth and launch spotify.

  • brando56894

    Nope, I have it on both my Gnex and N7 and I’ve only used it to beam pages to a friend’s phone just to show off, then never found a reason to use it again.

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  • Using NFC for Android Bekam multiple times a day and won’t buy any device without it. Getting a link via whatsapp (or whatever) on the phone is just one of many use cases. Just touching it to my Nexus 7 and a second later I can watch it on the bigger screen. Same for quick image transfer and such things.

  • MrWicket

    yep, have a tag on my key chain so everytime I get in and out of my car it puts me in/out of car mode and launches Car Home that I have flashed in my rom.

  • CapnShiner

    I would use NFC if any of my friends or family had a capable device. I got the free TecTiles from Samsung and played around with it for a few minutes but then I realized that Tasker already does everything I would use the TecTiles for. If Tasker adds NFC support, maybe I’ll start using my TecTiles. As for NFC payments, I don’t really know enough about how the services and apps work. I would want to make sure that the app does not run in the background so that nobody could steal my credit card info by being near my phone and I would want something compatible with VISA Paywave. I won’t trust apps from unofficial sources with my credit card info, so I can’t use Google Wallet (I’m on Verizon) and I don’t know enough about Isis. What other uses are there?

  • Thomas

    Sooo…….what does NFC do exactly ? Lol.

  • Best New Artist

    I’ve had my EVO LTE since June and never once have I used NFC. However I have it enabled just in case. #TeamAndroid

  • I currently have the note 2 from Verizon and use nfc task launcher and have tags all over my house to simplify my life and its fun!!!

  • [email protected]

    If only we had Google Wallet for Verizon. I used it all the time on my Gnex but now with my Note 2, no go. I already bricked one phone trying to install it rooted and I wont try again. Thanks Verizon! And as far as tranferring files, everyone around me have icraps…. so no go there

  • areffes

    I used Wallet constantly when I had the Nexus, but now that I’m on to the DNA, I use NFC pretty much daily to share app finds with my phone nerd colleagues. I have a TecTile inside my car, and I tap it each time I head to work, to turn on Bluetooth and launch my Amazon music player. I just like how quick and automatic everything is! Definitely not a necessity, but fun stuff. 🙂

  • debosmebo

    I use it. I just wish there were more location that accepted NFC payments, rewards cards, etc.

    • Tim242

      MasterCard PayPass Locator app. Go get it!

  • yodatom10

    Yes my phone pays for my lunch daily.

  • Guy

    No, there is no use for it.

  • Trevor

    I still like to see the looks on people’s faces at Whole Foods when I pay with my phone. May not be anymore practical than a credit card, but it serves the purpose of entertainment.

    • It is safer though. As you can locate a lost phone and requires a pin to be used. Cash is lost, and credit cards can be used probably pretty easily, since almost no one checks ids.

      • Trevor

        Very true, didn’t think about that. I just wish more places accepted NFC payments. I hate to say it, but the iPhone needs to adopt it; that’s when it’ll boom. It could help too if the carriers start pushing their ISIS thing.

        • From what i see, id say about 40% of places accept it. I find its pretty common already. But i too was hoping for iPhone 5 to get it so adoption rate would probably skyrocket.
          The ONE time i want apple to do something awesome they completely drop the ball. smh

  • carluverdrm2004

    I voted last time, and it still counts my vote as no, from my OG Droid.
    Now that I have both the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and the Nexus 7, I beam relatively often.

  • Nicholassss

    I use tech tiles. On my night stand, at my desk and in my car.

  • Jon Lambert

    I use it for Google Wallet at McDonald’s, and to beam things with my Galaxy Nexus/SIII-toting friends whenever possible.

  • Nope. Not nearly enough opportunities where I live to do so.

  • I did when I worried with keeping my gs3 working with wallet on vzw now I just don’t worry about it.

  • Toloy

    Its very useful in profile set ups for home and office and cars

  • ajavgeek

    Gnex with original battery was hard to use so got the extended battery from Amazon (I think hypervision). Works awesome. I use Google wallet at pretty much all spots wherever possible. People look at me as I am doing something very cool.

  • sagisarius

    I’ve tried Google wallet a couple times on my Nexus 4, but I can never get it to work…

  • It’s one of those technologies that are still kinda in beta, the market really doesn’t know whether it wants to back it (which would lead to a completely card-less wallet) or totally kill it (leading to less controversy between GWallet and the carriers sucky alternatives). Now if I had a group of friends who all had NFC equipped device we would sit here all day and just beam stuff back and forth…but unfortunately my Droid Razr is too old for this sorcery!

  • Justin Winker

    I used to use it a lot to pay at my local gas stations, but they upgrade their payment terminals and the new ones don’t work with my Nexus 4 for some reason (and they still show that they accept NFC payments).

  • Joe

    I use it as much as I use Bluetooth. That happens to be never.

  • I use it at hotels, transferring files, my speakers and waiting for the chance to use it with Wallet – Galaxy Nexus and HTC One X T3

  • David Narada Brown

    I want to and would definitely use it but other people with phones that have NFC chips in their phones dont have a fully functional NFC. ive seen messages like their carrier doesnt support large file transfers. Then stores in my Rea aren’t setup to use this payment. I will definitely use it when opportunity presents itself

  • DC_Guy

    I was using it until I switched back to my iPhone 5 as my daily driver.

  • Al

    I try but for some odd reason when I use NFC others get my data while I get stuck being taken to the play store with error…

  • Joe Paul

    I tried to scan my dogs’ id chips the vet put in them. It did not work.

  • Vending machine at work is NFC enabled and works with google wallet.

  • paul_cus

    Next to never. I have a few of those Smart Tags, but haven’t touched them.