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Monday Poll: Do You Use NFC on Your Smartphone?

When first announced for Android devices, NFC was a pretty exciting feature. It allowed for tap-to-pay services to launch in stores, it brought Android Beam into existence, and allowed other devices to quickly connect to Android phones and tablets via Bluetooth with no user input needed. Times were good.

Now, in mid-2014, we find ourselves using NFC less and less. Services like Google Wallet and Isis haven’t been taking off like expected, and we find that the convenience of NFC isn’t actually worth having the feature enabled on our phones. Sure, it has its time and place, but for the most part, NFC is still kind of useless to most users.

Our question to you is, are you using NFC these days? Back in February of last year, we asked this same question, with the results not showing much loveΒ for NFC. 53% of people who answered said they did not use NFC, 33% said yes, and 14% of poll responders didn’t even have a phone with NFC built in.

It’s time to update our results. Share your experiences with NFC in the comments below, and tell us if you think there is something that could make NFC better or more desirable.

Do you use NFC on your smartphone?

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  • jasonacg

    I would use Google Wallet more often, if it was available in more places. Whether or not it’s true, it seems that it’s a more secure way of providing payment information, compared to using a card’s magnetic stripe (how often do we hear news of another card skimmer being found?). If I go to a place that has an NFC reader, I’ll use it…and often, confuse/amaze the clerk behind the counter, who has never seen it used before.
    As others has mentioned, the gas pump is the #1 place that I would like to see it implemented, but here in Central Florida, there’s not a single pump with a reader.

  • Israel Fabian

    I used it almost everyday until google stopped supporting non-kitkat. I tried using a kit kat rom but it still doesn’t work. I have a Gnex FYI

  • Rupali Jadhav

    i think zapkoo.in

  • Jonik Cannon

    i have a nfc/bluetooth device that connects to the car radio and makes pairing my phone to car seemless

  • James Vincent

    Love NFC. Make payments with it, set Tags for switching functions on and off. its so under rated

  • Keg Man

    I want to use it but there isn’t enough products that I would use it with. There are lots of potential that have never started with NFC

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  • yobibyte

    I use NFC every day when logging into LastPass Mobile with my YubiKey Neo two-factor authentication hardware token.

  • Jason B

    NFC Unlock on my Moto X, some Google Wallet usage (useful for places that don’t take Amex since it runs as a virtual MasterCard), and Android Beam for transferring selected pics to my Nexus 7 (2013).

  • Jacek

    I’m waiting for Google wallet in UK, untill then nfc tags speed up my everyday setting changes between home, work, outdoor, etc…

  • No, because Verizon Sucks!!

  • StrattHacks

    No, but i don’t pin that blame on phone makers. The problem is nothing uses it, and i need to go out of my way to find something that does. It’s still cool to get some tags and tie actions to them, but it needs adoption.

    *Raises shields*

    I hope Apple does implement NFC (and in a universal way) so we can all have nice things. As much as it sucks, nothing will get market traction unless Apple puts and i in front of it.

  • NorCalGuy

    Now that I got my moto stream I use NFC every day when I get to work kinda nice. It does for old boom boxes what Chromecast did for all TVs that were not “smart” bit had HDMI. Its also pretty funny watching people stare at you controlling a 20 year old stereo with your phone and no cables connected.

  • AS

    I’m still hoping for the return of the car home and nightstand launchers the nexus one had. Seems to me that NFC is perfect for task specific configuration, the device would know which dock it was in and could change accordingly.

  • Pakmann2k

    I custom program NFC tags and business cards if anyone is interested I can show you how. Cool stuff.

  • bibbyboi

    I use it when stores are set up for it most of the time. The one problem I have is sometimes the people working there don’t know what to do. It “didn’t work” at footlocker and mcdonald’s a few times when it first came out. Just bought my GNex and was hyped to try it out. My wife’s friend works at Jamba Juice and told he had to do something extra to get it to work that first time. I guess nobody had used it before. I think that was the problem the first few times I used it, they needed to initialize it or set it up first because it worked sometimes at McDonald’s. Now I haven’t had a problem with it not working but I still have that little doubt in the back of my mind. It is pretty embarrassing when it doesn’t work.

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  • Sean Bello

    The store down the street from my job takes NFC payments, so I use it frequently. I also use it to share pics I take with my friends when I’m out

  • fritzo2162

    Most of the places I go don’t accept it, otherwise I’d use it more.

    I used it once at McDonalds and the lady called the manager over because she thought I used some witchcraft hack to pay for my burger.

  • fish1552

    Part of the reason I don’t use it MORE is because almost nobody has the ewuipment for me TO use it more. Gas pumps, multiple credit cards, all POS machines, etc having it would almost guarantee more use.
    Example, I hit Dunkin Donuts each morning for coffee. They scan a QR code in their app which pays for that coffee. If I could just tap it to the corner of the machine and pay, it would be so much easier.
    It’s a catch 22. People don’t use it because it’s not common everywhere and in all devices, and companies don’t add it because people don’t use it.

  • LionStone

    Yep, I use it often… Transferring pics between devices, much faster than Bluetooth, and for sharing pics when I meet up with family/friends. I use tags and those work great and add a little convenience.

    I have ISIS on my stock DNA, it was loaded up with $50. to start with, my buddies RAZR M wasn’t compatible for some reason? I like that it gives you places that use Tap to Pay around you. Lots of good deals, add your loyalty cards if you have them, etc., just a couple I see right now are: $30. off select Bluetooth speakers at VZW; spend $25. at VZW get $15. back. It doesn’t show you list of last transactions though like Wallet does. To send money is a little more involved, redirects you to their website.

    When I use ISIS it tells me to set it as the default, because I have Wallet on my device too. It doesn’t matter I could still use Wallet. But it’s just silly to have that default message. If I select ‘Wallet’ in Tap to Pay Settings, it simply allows me to input my pin. I love the ease of sending money. Just last night sent my buddy that ‘2 dollars’, he’s been after me about for the last 20 years

  • TimTheK

    I would use it, but it doesn’t support merchant type categories for credit card rewards. If I were to use NFC via Wallet, I would get 1% back on ALL transactions…..but I wouldn’t get 5% back at supermarkets and gas stations. They would default to 1%. We charge EVERYTHING so that adds up to hundreds of $’s per year cash back.

  • MustWarnOthers

    I use NFC when I can with my Nexus 5. I personally love the fact that I don’t have to carry around the few extra credit cards that are used only at certain stores. My Wife and I use the Banana Republic/Gap card only at those stores, and those stores happen to have NFC in most places so the plastic is pointless to carry.

    The biggest hurdle to using NFC is that retailers simply have not updated their card readers. On top of that, lots of retailers that have the hardware for NFC don’t even have the upper half of the terminal turned on to accept payments.

    You will see a massive change in this come end of 2014 into 2015. There are new mandates coming (not specifically laws or regulations yet) for Financial Institutions as well as Retailers that will force them to adopt EMV/NFC/Smart Card Credit Cards.

    The basic premise is that at some point in 2015, whichever side of the transaction is not smart card capable (readers for the Retailers, Smart Card Debit/Credit Cards for the Financial institutions) will be responsible for fraudulent charges for transactions. This gives retailers and financial institutions a kick in the pants to get them moving towards secure/future technology. Our Credit Union is currently in the early stages of Smart Card implementation. As with any technology, I assume that one of the major processors will try and monopolize the market and push others out the same way Verizon/AT&T attempted with ISIS. Visa and Mastercard may get into some war in the Smart Card market, but as far as I know if a retailer is putting in a Smart Card capable reader, it will be future proofed to work with Visa/Mastercard/NFC Smartphone technologies.

    If everything goes as planned, you will eventually be able to use NFC everywhere, which will be awesome.

  • Bill_Surowiecki

    Id a say a good deal of common user, do in fact use NFC. I just dont think they use it as often as your article has slanted the topic.
    NFC is quickly becoming a standard in things such as Portable Speakers or Stereo Equipment this year. In these cases they are very much like WPS on wifi routers. Basically is a function that gets used once, and then forgotten, until you need to connect to another device again.

    With this said, I in no way would rather they remove NFC just because I do not use it on a daily basis. I would say the same for WPS.

    You could argue that another technology with a longer range might be more useful, or create more use cases. Then again, the longer the range, the larger the security risk.

  • Eric Sorensen

    I thought I would hate ISIS, since what they did to Google Wallet, but AMEX gave me $25 free on their Serve card, plus at the snack and drink machine at work, I get $5 in free junk for ever 4 purchases. This has gone on for several months, and I can’t complain.

  • DCABuckeye

    I use it with Sony Play Memories and my RX100 II camera. Flawless! That’s about it.

  • Raven

    When I got my Moto X it was my first phone with it and NFC was a kind of like a neat new toy. I even ordered one of those Moto Skip things with it to use for unlocking. I used it for about a month and then lost interest. I have never paid for anything with NFC on my phone. Maybe if somewhere like our local WalMart got it I would be more tempted.

  • wh1te_mag1c

    I don’t use it because there are no good uses for it – yet. There could be many, however. E.g. – vending machines. The technology does not need to be limited to paying for your burger or at the checkstand at Walgreens.

  • imnotmikal

    Used it to pair my Moto X to my Moto Stream this morning. πŸ™‚

    • TopXKiller

      How is the Moto Stream? Do the lights look cool?

      • imnotmikal

        It looks pretty cool. Not sure if it was worth $50 but whatever. I work in cubicles in a warehouse. My 2 “cubemates” are paired to it, connected to a few sets of speakers and we’ll just jam out with it.

  • ecorea

    Everyday πŸ™‚

    Purchased two HomeSpot NFC/Bluetooth receivers to make some of my speakers wireless. One for my car, and one for my living room. Excellent quality for the price and very convenient. Tap and I’m connected and playing music.


    • JSo

      That’s an interesting little device. I may keep my eye on that.

    • wh1te_mag1c

      Does it offer anything over a bluetooth-only speaker setup?

      • ecorea

        Not really. Convenience maybe? If you already have a bluetooth speaker, I wouldn’t bother. I used this product to make my non-bluetooth speakers wireless, basically. It was an added bonus that it included NFC.

  • JSo

    ALL the time. I bought myself some NFC tags and use trigger to set certain profiles when I tap them. The one at work, I use the most. Tap it when I get there to silence my phone and other stuff and tap it when I leave to set it back to normal. If I see a friend or family member that has a phone that I know has NFC and we are all together taking pictures, I tell them to put there phones up and I tap it and send them a picture. Most of the time, they are surprised they can do that. Lol. And I use Google Wallet whenever I can. NFC is one of my favorite features. I hope more can be done with it in the future.

  • Voyageur

    Used Isis a few times but the display doesn’t show you exactly what the transaction amount is. I ended up getting overbilled so I had to go back to the business to get a refund. If they would make the process a bit more clearer to the end user, I might use it more.

    • ki11ak3nn

      This is why I want to use Google Wallet but I can’t on My T-Mobile G2 even though it has kit kat. I don’t know what the problem is.

      • Voyageur

        I would prefer to use Google Wallet but as Verizon has crippled it on their phones and I haven’t seen any businesses in my area that accept Google Wallet, I’m stuck with Isis for now. πŸ™

        • ki11ak3nn

          That sucks. When I had my G2 rooted I was able to use Google Wallet everywhere I could with Isis. And it seemed faster and easier to use. I don’t know why these carriers are screwing with our phones.

    • LionStone

      Well you could always ask what the amount is first? Or if you swipe the card around, it gives you the balance there, so you can see what was deducted, but I do agree, it needs work. I like Wallet how it gives you the list of last transactions right up front!

  • yankeesusa

    Use it all the time with google wallet, now that home depot and petco use it its even more useful, besides using it at cvs and dozens of gas stations not to mention I think walgreens finally activated their units. And by the way, it doesn’t drain the battery like people say. Of course it does a little just like bluetooth and gps but not enough to make a difference.

  • Chris

    Nope. Also a huge battery hog. I turned it off..

    • yankeesusa

      Its not a battery hog for me. I turned it off for a week to test and the didn’t notice a difference. Bluetooth and wifi hog more than nfc.

    • MasterEthan

      It’s no a battery hog. Sounds like somethings wrong if that’s the case. Your wifi, bluetooth, or cell chip takes more battery and even when the phone’s screen is off. NFC is only on if the screen is on (unless you’ve changed it using root access apps). But a funny thing I noticed is somewhere someone has gotten this crazy idea in their heads at the stores and they’re telling customers this. A few people I know when they bought a phone at Best Buy, they setup the phone and disabled bluetooth and nfc, also told them it drains battery and that they should keep wifi on always though as it won’t drain the battery….

  • chris kilps

    only for nfc unlock

  • AlexKCMO

    Google Wallet? All the time. Airports, Hess, CVS, Whole Foods, Macy’s, PetCo, I use it everywhere it’s available so it’s visible there’s a demand. I make most of my purchases through my Debit/Credit card.

    NFC/Android Beam? Not so much. I got a great picture of my friend’s wife at a party doing something embarrassing, and NFC’d it to everyone and it was pretty awesome. Other than beaming a picture of my wife to her so she can Facebook post it (under her account), not very often.

    I kept saying I was going to buy a Smart Lock with NFC when I bought a house, and now that I have the house, the door needs to be fixed/replaced to get use out of the lock (locking requires pushing the door and turning the key – a Smart Lock needs to be able to lock on it’s own), so I’ve put that off.

    Smart tags seem like an awesome idea, but buying Tasker and setting them up honestly seems like too much of a hassle.

    It’s great tech, but hasn’t caught on because of the stupidity of the manufactures. Samsung put their custom S-Beam that doesn’t play nice (though technically works) with Android Beam, and other manufacturers don’t advertise it (most people I talk to think it’s something only a Galaxy can do). Also, the last time I ran a stock ROM, NFC was disabled by default. WTF? It’s not going to take off like that.

    That said, I don’t think Apple’s WiFi version has done much better either. I’ve never heard an Apple person bragging about their ‘whatever it’s called’.

  • Kyle Sounhein

    I use it every day with a pair of headphones with nfc

  • bionicwaffle

    It’s a great way to share photos. Most people don’t know it’s cross platform too…it works for sending contacts and URLs to/from Windows Phone. I’d probably use it for purchases more if more stores would take it. Most don’t where I live and even many with readers don’t have them enabled/configured/allowed.

  • patrick

    I have a tag on my keyboard at work to make all the changes on my phone for bluetooth, wifi, volume, brightness and screen timeout. Another in the Car to put it back in “normal” mode. If you come to my house, there’s a tag by the door to connect to my wireless which is a hidden SSID.

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  • stabone

    My girlfriend and I use NFC to send pictures we take. That’s about it… I don’t mean those kind of pictures.

    • Kevin

      uhhhhh huh

    • Chris

      Uh huh….

      Most use text or a Messenging service…… Who uses NFC for that crap especially if you are right next to each other

      • stabone

        Her phone’s messed up and for some reason can’t get pictures texted to her. We also find it faster.

  • Charles Walker

    I used to enjoy NFC Google Wallet on my Sprint Moto X, but I lost the luxury when switching to T-Mobile since they block it. πŸ™

  • I guess I’ll have to vote yes, even though I very rarely use it. Last time I used it was to pair my Bluetooth headset 2 months ago.

  • jim

    I get my revenge on Verizon by not ever using isis

    • bionicwaffle

      Do you have any idea the kinds of promotions they ran for using Isis wallet? I got around $200 cash back just for using Isis to buy gas for about 3 months. To me, that was worth it.

      People slam Isis wallet for no good reason. Yes, it’s stupid and evil that Verizon blocks Google Wallet and it took them years to make Isis wallet available but it works fine and I got a ton of cash back for using it. I’m not aware of any great promos now unless you’re able to use it often for small purchases. Most places near where I live don’t take it.

      • Fooer

        What’s the price of a soul these days? πŸ˜‰
        You literally just said: “Man, Verizon is evil, but I don’t really care when they give me money to make up for it”

  • burntcookie90

    chicago ventra + google wallet = easy transit

  • jim

    We were supposed to be able to use it on Verizon after we got Kitkat , but Verizon saw that that didn’t work , note 3

    • Jared Denman

      It works for my friends note 3 on Verizon

  • spudskier

    How about another option: Would use it if there was anywhere TO use it

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  • Quint

    I’ve only used it a handful of times to test. Most places have dead readers or I can never hit the sweet spot. Also, Isis is a pain. We should be able to use whatever card we want. Not having a choice is what holding payment systems down. I’ve never tried to use NFC to send info to another device, because I never had the chance to do so.

    • ddh819

      why is it a pain? i have a verizon nfc phone but never set it up, was wondering what the downside was before doing so

      • Quint

        Too many strings like lack of card options. One shouldn’t have to have certain cards to partake in NFC payments.

        There isn’t much of a downside setting up, especially if you can get one of those AMEX Serve cash incentives.

  • Ben Morris

    The wife and I beam pictures all the time

    • Chris

      Next to each other

  • I don’t use it for payments yet, but do use it in combination with nfc stickers. My dock on the nightstand has one, which puts the phone to sleep and sets the alarm. The dock on my computer desk has one to switch on the desk lights and computer. In the car to turn on BT and start nav. At work to turn off sleep.

  • Ryan

    I use NFC at a few places where I can. Whataburger in particular is one place I love to go to because of the reactions. I’ve actually gotten to know a couple people there that know exactly how I’m going to pay there. Other times, I wow them all the time.

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  • Jay

    I would use it all the time if I actually saw places I could. I hope that one day people will use the melon on their neck for something besides siting on and make this method more available. The idea of putting it on gas pumps is excellent.

    • yankeesusa

      google wallet is accepted at many places, cvs,hundreds of gas stations, petco, home depot, whole foods,macy’s, pollo tropical which is all over florida especially in orlando and down south, airports and now walgreens i think not to mention it alerts you to discounts or coupons.

  • Eikast

    Um. I used Google wallet once on my HTC One M8 to feel cool and use Google wallet at Walgreens. The cashier said that he didn’t even know that they had Google wallet service lol. That was pretty much it. Much faster for me to take my card out than to take my phone out enter my password then enable NFC and open up Google wallet then tap to pay.

  • Christopher Garofalo

    Yup, I use it with Google wallet on my RAZR HD for fun to make payments lol. Love when the cashiers are like “whoa! I never saw someone use that before awesome!!”

  • Curious

    I would like to try it but I wonder about how secure it is and how many retailers use it?

  • drublin

    How do you even know if a business accepts using it to pay? Does it work with all the MyPass card readers that you don’t have to swipe your card on?

    • Ryan

      I’ve actually found out that even though some businesses might have a NFC terminal, there may be a few that do not accept NFC payments to begin with. Kinda found that out the hard way, and one would think Best Buy would be all for it. But nope, they’re not.

      Anyway, http://www.mastercard.us/cardholder-services/paypass-locator.html <- that tool there would allow you to find various places that accept NFC payments.

      • yankeesusa

        Best buy stopped it about 2 years ago do to a spat they had with mastercard about fees. But they did accept it at one point. If walmart started accepting it this would go crazy mainstream

  • ki11ak3nn

    I would use it if I could get Google Wallet on my phone!! Isis is alright, but I remember GW being so much easier and faster to use. But I haven’t used it since I last rooted my G2. Which in turn wouldn’t let me use Isis. So for now I’m enjoying my free Cokes and Jamba Juice with Isis until I can get GW back on my phone.

    • yankeesusa

      On most kitkat phones google wallet will work no matter what company.

      • ki11ak3nn

        I know that. Tell that to T-Mobile though. I had a Note 3 before the Kit Kat update. I wonder if I would have had it on my Note 3.

        • yankeesusa

          the note 3 is different for some reason. For some reason google is the one not supporting the note 3 after the kitkat update. it has to do something with the hce specs. The note 4 should be good to go. The s4 and s5 work.

          • ki11ak3nn

            I’m also guessing that there aren’t that many G2 owners out there so T-Mobile/Google didn’t want to support it. Everyone I know either has an M7/M8, S4/S5, or a Moto X. That’s it. And those people don’t even know about Google Wallet. It pisses me off.

          • yankeesusa

            Actually the g2 on tmobile works with google wallet, my friend got an update that allowed it to work.

          • ki11ak3nn

            Sorry man, but I don’t believe anyone who says it works on a T-Mobile G2. I asked people on reddit who have a T-Mobile G2 to upload a screenshot of tap to pay working in GW. To no avail. I’m on 4.4.2 and haven’t gotten an update since the Kit Kat update. I’m not rooted. Pure stock. So I’ll believe someone once I see proof.

          • yankeesusa

            Just asked him, he has att not tmobile and his tap and pay works. It started working after an update to fix tap and pay was pushed to it. I guess tmobile decided not to do the same update. I’m on tmbile and this is a reason why I chose nexus 5.


  • MrWicket

    everyday when I get in my car and every chance I get when a store has NFC as a option, still love the looks on peoples faces when I use it.

    • Jprime

      how do you use it in the car? i would like to try it

      • MrWicket

        I have a NFC tag on my key chain (you could just put a tag in the car alternatively) and I have it set to launch car mode, change volumes and a few other things. When I get out of the car I tap the NFC again and it puts everything back to normal, works brilliantly!

      • Guest

        I have a NFC tag on my keychain that I tap when I get in and out of the car. It launches car mode and sets things up how I like them for being in the car (you can set it up how you want) and when I tap it when getting out of the car it sets everything back to the way it was. works great.

  • paul_cus

    Never use it. I forget my phone even has NFC half the time.

  • Stephen Fronda

    It would be easier to use if carriers weren’t blocking Google Wallet in favor of an extremely limited Isis.
    I want to use my cards, not be forced to use a very limited Amex Card….

    • LionStone

      I can load the Amex card very easily with my checking account that is tied to it.

    • yankeesusa

      If you have kitkat most phones will now work

  • landon

    I used it on a mall directory once in Miami πŸ˜›

  • Suman Gandham

    Yes… I would like to find more things to do with it though!

  • ChuckDz3

    I use it almost everyday for home/work/car profile tags to adjust various settings.

  • I use it every day to automatically enable Bluetooth in my car.

  • crazed_z06

    Used Google Wallet a few times on the GNex back in the day. Every since Ive had the Gnote2 and 3, it’s been useless

  • noc007

    I do try. I’ve gotten more use out of sharing some pictures with the wife. The easy config with my printer was a nice one time thing.

    I finally got a card that works on ISIS. I’ve given up on the Google Wallet dream; perhaps in the future. I went to a place today that’s had a reader for a few years hoping to give ISIS a try; turns out they tossed those terminals and are back to just swipe for now.

  • pilot25

    another awesome Google service that they never marketed. One thing that Google sucks at is marketing their wares. Thats another reason google glass is going to die a horrible death. If they had half the marketing know how of Apple they would own every corner of every market.

  • mrjayviper

    We don’t have tap to pay via phones locally so I put my CC tap-to-pay card in the case and now I use that to pay. Still using NFC and using my “phone” πŸ™‚

    amazes the cashiers all the time πŸ™‚

  • MH

    I use NFC for sharing between devices. I don’t do it every 5 seconds, but it is exceptionally handy when trying to share a page/video with someone. Sending files/pics is still a tad cumbersome, and it’s easier to just upload w/e it is to drive/box/dropbox and share the link anyway. Swiping a CC vs tapping a device is the same amount of work (to me, since I dont leave NFC on 24/7) and there are not many places that take NFC payments that I visit.

    Do I use NFC: Yes
    Do I use it as described above: No

  • Mykich

    I occasionally use it to share pictures. I would use it more frequently, but I’ve found that it can be finicky… at least on my old GS3. You have to line up the phones just right. It’s usually quicker to just send a quick G chat.

  • Tom Z

    I use it every chance I get. In my area that is mostly CVS and McDonalds. Though my dealership (oil changes) has a reader. And I have seen it starting to pop up at Mom & Pop takeout restaurants. Lately, I’ve only had one strange look when I used it in a rural area at a McDonalds.

  • Captain Spaulding

    I have a G2 and my wife has a Moto X. I take pics with my G2, then bump them to her so she can post them on Facebook.

  • monkey god

    Just at Mcdonalds and sometimes 7 eleven.

  • Froosh Freak

    Let’s face it. If the iphone 6 uses it, everyone will take it…

  • Azn_Android

    A lot of people are saying the next iPhone will have it but I don’t see that happening. The iPhone having NFC would get the market rushing to make NFC-everything but I doubt Apple would want to let Android join the party so they’ll probably create a proprietary system, cash up some deals with major companies, and leave the other mobile OSes out in the cold to fend for themselves. It sucks but it’s the Apple way.

    • mrjayviper

      from a corporate POV, why would you use NFC if the competition will benefit as well?

    • noc007

      Don’t forget Apple will want their cut of each transaction as well.

  • Booklost

    I’ve used it at Meijer, CVS, Babies/Toys ‘R Us, a couple of gas stations and rest stops with enabled vending machines, and a few Mom ‘n Pop restaurants and carry-out’s.
    Soon (Oct. 2015) there are going to be major changes in the US Credit Card market, with chip and pin being implemented, so PayPass etc., are all going to be thrust into the forefront — and I can’t wait. πŸ™‚

  • MKader17

    I just realized that my wife and I always Hangout message pictures to each other so i tried beam and 2 failed attempts later we will still be using Hangouts

    • noc007

      If you’ve got Samsung devices, turn off S.Beam and leave the Android Beam on (it might be under NFC). That or disconnect from the WiFi network you’re on. Android Beam uses BlueTooth to do the actual file transfer; it’s slow, but generally works. S.Beam uses WiFi and I have yet to see it work when both devices are already connected to an Access Point.

      • MKader17

        Both are Moto Xs

  • BoFiS

    Great for pairing with our bluetooth stereo receiver (Sony BM10)

  • ImmaDroid

    I put no. But I do use it, occasionally kinda as a novelty. Half the times I try to use its too much of a pain in the ass to make a good connections and transfer pics with people that I get fed up and not use it. So again, it’s something I rarely use. Not everyday am I bumping phones with people like the commercials make it look like!

  • Rod

    Yes, makes photo/video sharing quite easy. Use it whenever I can.

  • Adam Metzner

    I have a tag in my car. Connects to my Bluetooth. Turns volume all the way up. Starts Pandora. All by just putting the phone up to the dash.

  • Jeremy Gross

    i think ive used it once to get a picture from my friend in all the 7 months ive owned an NFC phone. I wish i could use it more in payments and such

  • Hoggie

    I use it every time I can. However, most vendors don’t set up the terminals. Gad pumps need them also.

  • nosedive94

    I use it to pair with my Bluetooth speaker, and to share stuff with S Beam occasionally. I don’t use it for payment because Google Wallet doesn’t work on my rooted phone, nor does Isis, and plus most places that accept mobile payment only accept Square.

    • noc007

      Use the Xposed Framework. There’s a module for ISIS that works and there’s probably a way for GW as well.

  • Cesar

    I use an NFC Tag in my car for easy pairing with my bluetooth stereo.

  • Aaron Saellam

    Yes, but rarely. Sheetz used to have PayPass terminals at the registers, but they’re gone now. They still have them on the pumps, though. RiteAid is the only place around where I live that I can use Google wallet.

  • R Andrew Wright

    Used it a grand total of one time ever just to show someone that Galaxies weren’t the only phones that could beam. Other than that , nope.

  • Bradon

    I’d love to use it but wear even accepts it?

  • Cael

    I use it at CVS and thats pretty much it. The vending machines at my work have NFC but they only take Isis which I’m not using.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    I can’t get my Verizon Moto X’s Google Wallet tap to pay working anywhere I have tried…
    Used to do it successfully all the time on my Galaxy Nexus.
    Anyone else?

  • Scott Webber

    What does “isn’t worth having enabled” mean? I probably only use it once a month, but I keep it enabled. It’s useful and is 100% transparent when not in use.

  • gokusimpson

    I use it a lot to transfer pictures between devices, especially at parties. It’s a little slow over bluetooth, but no big deal. Easier than emailing it.

  • starnovsky

    I use it once in a while, when merchant’s POS supports it. Which is unfortunately not often the case…

  • zombiewolf115

    i used to use it alot in college, but lately the vending machines all come with “pay with isis” so whenever i use google wallet it says not allowed to pay on debit, its weird cause google wallet will work on normal vending machines at the mall.

  • coolsilver

    I do once in a while when I remember I can tap to pay at mcdonalds. I would at Kroger if they didn’t disable it after upgrading their self checkouts. Not sure where else. Rare times with friends to send app links or pictures.

  • Jason Kahn

    I use it where, they take it. Which for me basically Pharmacies and NYC yellow cabs

  • NexusMan

    So far, it looks like more are using it than last year. I absolutely still use NFC. I use Skip tags to quickly unlock my Moto X and I also use it to pair my wireless headphones with devices. Every once in a blue moon I use Android Beam to transfer files. I used to love using it with Goolle Wallet, but…well, we know how that went….

  • DanWazz

    It just needs to be implement more place and I would use it.

  • Antonello

    That’s how I give everyone my playlist

  • ejtsang

    I would use it more if more places had NFC payments available. I used to use it any chance I could, but stores I mainly used it for got rid of their tap & pay systems. Also, I’m still using a Verizon galaxy nexus and tap & pay function was removed from google wallet with the latest updates.

  • Nw_adventure

    Works great in Salt Lake with the new high-tech parking meters- Just tap and go ! But other than that I use it occasionally to share a web page with the better half.

  • rslh

    I used to use it all the time, Tap n’ Pay, with my Galaxy Nexus, until Google stopped supporting it. πŸ™‚ Boo! I’m waiting for the ‘elusive’ Nexus 6.

  • schlanz

    wifi direct is more useful.

    I use nfc to pair with my UE boom.

  • apm25

    So far I only use it with my Sol Republic DECK. Awesome connectivity. =]

    • NexusMan

      Sol Republic / Motorola Tracks Air here!

  • Hothfox

    I use Tap and Pay and I use NFC tags.

  • Kisuk3

    I accidently entered my soc sec # wrong and now in order to activate tap to pay Google wants me to send them my birth certificate, drivers license, proof of citizenship….how about never.

  • Matthew Merrick

    in addition to my post about android beam, i have a hard time waking up in the mornings, so i got an alarm app that can only be silenced by tapping it to a specially coded NFC tag i have in the kitchen. highly effective.

  • King Lo

    Steve Jobs was right!

  • DonSerrot

    I have an NFC Ring. I use NFC every time I unlock my phone! XD

    • Froosh Freak

      Like a green lantern thingy?? I don’t know who that is, but I watch the Big Bang Theory…

  • TSY87

    Free smoothies via ISIS.

    • LionStone

      Yep, I been getting mine… Just a small size but heck, free is free!

      • TSY87

        indeed! jamba is so expensive now.. but free is pretty reasonable i guess…. haha

  • TopXKiller

    I just got a pair of NFC headphones πŸ™‚

  • subiedude85

    Used it once to transfer a pic between my moto x and my DNA…. Think I shared a web page once too….

  • Matthew Merrick

    android beam is INSANELY useful. i use it all the time, especially with the app i found that adds NFC to the share button universally. it even works for files, through a file manager. use it to trade documents, media, and even apk files with people on a regular basis. especially useful at college where the wifi sucks, making sending files over the network a lengthy process.

  • johnediii

    If you live in the Midwestern US, then every one of the 250+ Meijer stores and 175+ Meijer gas stations accepts tap to pay. The two largest grocery store chains near my house take it and there’s a McDonald’s right next to one of them that also takes it.

  • Trenton Wilson

    I would use it all the time if the note 3 could use google wallet …. It is ignorant to block or cause a service to not be available to users who want the service.

  • I don’t use it cuz NXP isn’t supported for HCE… T.T

  • teevirus

    I use it a lot to share with friends in close proximity. It is seriously the one feature that I’m hoping for in the next ipone as an Android devote. I just wish the N would disappear from my notification bar.

    • noc007

      If there isn’t already a way, root and you can make it go away.

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    There’s very few instances for its use so I rarely use it.

  • tu3218

    I use it very little, but the few times that I do, it is extremely convenient(sharing website links, pictures).

    Also quick question, does leaving NFC on have any effect on battery life? I always go to turn it off because I don’t use it THAT much, but when I do want to use it, I have to go turn it back on. Ultimately slowing down the process. Nonetheless, still very nice feature that can be really useful.

    • Matthew Merrick

      nfc uses such an infinitesimal amount of power that its pointless to turn it off. On a phone with a tiny battery it _might_ use maybe half a percent (if even) in a day, and that’s if you’re using it a lot.

      • tu3218

        Yeah that was my thinking of it too.

  • Trevor

    I use it just because it’s cool to pay at McDonalds (or anywhere else that takes it) with my phone. Although I actually did use it one time when I forgot my wallet and had no other way to pay, so that was a lifesaver. I use it to pair my phone to my iLuv speaker if it doesn’t happen automatically for whatever reason (usually when switching between phones). The novelty of paying with your phone is still the coolest to me.

  • I had a lot of problems with interoperability and NFC across different devices, so I created a website to address this for mobile and desktop users: https://dropr.in

    • Yes, I really am the creator of the site and yes I did build it for quickly sharing photos and files between my LG G2 w/ XDABBEB’s ROM and my PC. Among other uses. Basically, you can just tap to upload from your phone and then use the shortcode to retrieve the file anywhere else on any device. It’s great because I have friends that I want to share high-resolution photos with and MMS compresses the heck out of them. I also like it to transfer side-loadable APKs to my phone without having to deal with USB cables or MTP. You can share files of any type between any device. It’s like Pastebin and Snapchat for binaries. πŸ™‚

  • I have used it at Toys-R-Us but typically business dont have the capability of have no idea how it works when I try to use it or even what it does. I gave up on it pretty quickly.

  • realfoxm

    I would if more stores adopted the technology. The only opportunity for myself has been McDonalds or Wawa.

  • Idk what to use it for…I usually send pics or vid thru Dropbox hangouts email or fb messenger.

    Is it possible to have NFC headphones instrad of Bluetooth? I use my lg wireless Bluetooth ear buds daily

    • sirmeili

      What I’d like to see is a bluetooth speaker with wireless charging and NFC pairing. This way, you can take your device, lay it on the speaker and it will automatically connect to BT and charge.

      • That would be pretty badass

        • sirmeili

          which makes me wonder WHY it’s never been made…..well, except that Apple wouldn’t support it (and yes, I honestly thing if Apple supported NFC BT pairing and native wireless charging, there would be a ton of docks like this).

          • Patrick Smithopolis

            I like the wireless charging part but NFC is not needed. I have several BT speakers. It took 5 to 10 seconds to initially set up a connection using BT and then it connects automatically from that point on. NFC is an unnecessary middle man.

          • sirmeili

            I would only want it to pair when the NFC connection is tapped. For instance, I don’t want to have to turn on BT or tell it to pair. At the same time, I just want to be able to lay it on the charger and have it pair for me and be ready to go.

            My question is, how far do you have to be from your BT speakers before it connects? If it’s not a few inches, i want something to limit that range so it’s not constantly connecting/disconnecting as I walk by.

      • Matthew Merrick

        it does exist.


        • sirmeili

          That is awesome!! Thanks for the link πŸ™‚

    • HaveSomeVodka

      NFC is what is used to easily pair the headphones, Bluetooth is the connection that streams the media from the phone to your headphones.

  • br_hermon

    I use it in conjunction with Tasker to change profiles and schedule events. Plus I beam stuff as well.

  • David Dzado

    I use certain stores just to use tap-and-pay.

  • BAM1789

    Google Wallet, sending pics/directions to friends, NFC Tags. Daily things. Though I’m part of a very tech savvy group of people.

  • Ryan Mallon

    Just the “skip” on my Moto X

  • 655321

    I don’t use it for anything other than unlocking my Moto X with Motorola Skip.

  • hm

    Google Wallet daily

  • JeremyRoenickDanceParty

    I do now that my Moto Stream has arrived!

  • abhele

    Use it at Macy’s all the time , cashier gets mind blown everytime

  • soccerburn55

    Paid with Google wallet twice this past weekend and used it on Moto stream as well

  • No that’s the first thing I turn off when I reflash a updated Rom to my phone.

  • Arcege

    Verizon/Samsung prevented the use of Google Wallet, or I would definitely have used it more.

    • Jeremiah Hawkins

      Not if you have KitKat on you phone. Wallet tap to pay works on kitkat Verizon phones. Use it on my note 2

      • thekoopakid

        The note 3 does not have tap to pay support even on KitKat. Its listed as a device not supported on the google wallet page.

  • Champion1229

    Sunoco has them on the terminals inside the convenience store (sadly, they aren’t on the pumps). Its super easy now to go in, grab a 79 cent drink, a bag of candy and checkout all without having to dig for change from the change drawer in my car. Although I have noticed that it takes a lot longer for the transaction to post / clear the bank.

  • Retsu Unohana

    The reason I vote no, was because Google wallet is disabled on the Note 3. Used it all the time in my GNexus. I refused to use anything else.

  • Brock Johnson

    Until everyday transactions (gas pumps, grocery store etc) have the ability to take nfc tap & pay the everyday public will never see a need. Also with google wallet & ISIS most banking institutions aren’t supported and ppl linking the bank accounts to a 3rd party isn’t something they’ll trust to do. Overall it’s a self setup service and most individuals don’t even know half of what their phone does or have the slightest clue on how to do it.

  • Rafy286

    Use it all the time. Is the easiest way yo transfer files without needing a network. But just yesterday someone asked me to give them a group photo. When I told them to put Android Beam/NFC he looked at me confused. I basically did the entire process in his Note 3, then when he received the photo and opened it he was still confused.

    Could see how people still don’t use it. I use it all the time.

  • Mike Aurin

    I do, admittedly it’s rare though. I’m in school right now in a Mobile Development program and all of my original projects are focused around making NFC more commonplace. Unfortunately it won’t take off until the iPhone announces it as a feature. Like Don said, make it compatible at gas pumps and link it to cash reward programs from card companies and it’ll take off.

  • antwonw

    Its not only for paying there is SO MUCH more you and do with NFC. Use something like Trigger NFC tags and it will make your life sooooo easy!

  • Jason13L

    That should be a ‘Yes’ with an stipulation. I have used it several times to transfer larger videos and pictures to people, but his is few and far between. I have had NFC on the past several phones and can still count the number of times I have used it on 1 or 2 hands.

  • Nicktrance

    Nobody uses Google wallet here (although that would be nice) and I end up sending any files via the internet anyway, never seen much point of NFC tags either so I have NFC turned off pretty much always.

  • Warwick

    Use it with my Sony mirrorless.

  • Droid Ronin

    I keeping hearing rumors that the iPhone 6 will finally have NFC. I find that hard to believe when there doesn’t appear to be much of a market for that…
    unless sadly, the market will start to adopt it more when the iPhone gets it.

    • K

      Yup and they’ll praise the iPhone for having such an innovative feature

      • Jon George

        +20 sir

      • Froosh Freak

        Then hope the iphone 6 has it…

    • mustbepbs

      That’s been “rumored” since the iPhone 5 two years ago. It’s not gonna happen.

      • 4n1m4L

        Agreed. They can accomplish the same thing with Bluetooth and they plan to

    • monkey god

      If iPhone does, i hope its not some kind of proprietory technology

    • Chris

      I hope the iPhone gets NFC and Micro USB, so I can finally not be screwed when I sleep at a friends house with an iPhone, or vice versa. But I doubt either will happen.

  • Mike Fromson

    Stater Bros said I couldn’t use it anymore because their manager didnt like it…wtf!

    • Droid Ronin

      I was told the exact same thing the last time I was at Stater Bros!!

      • Mike Fromson

        Hater Bros

  • Kenny Woodard

    Not enough convenient uses. I would like to use NFC more often, but I never have a reason to. I had NFC stickers/tags but I never even used them.

  • Droid Ronin

    I used NFC with Google Wallet, NFC tags + Trigger, and with my Fitbit to force sync + open app (I don’t use background syncing for battery purposes).

  • supremekizzle

    The only thing I can buy with NFC and Google wallet around here is a Big Mac.

    • And 7/11

    • Kelly OBrien

      Don’t forget most 7-11 accepts it also. Great for buying beer!

      • glimmerman76

        wallgreens, foot lockers, american eagle, cvs, The list is getting longer as most terminals are coming with it these days

      • derk p

        my transaction is ALWAYS declined at 7-11…. i have money on my bank card and in the wallet. works at gas pumps though?

    • pat72

      Toys R Us takes it too.

  • yochanan

    I use NFC all the time with NFC tags & Trigger: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jwsoft.nfcactionlauncher.

  • Jem

    I use it daily on my bluetooth NFC device in my car. Cord free music. Works pretty dang well. I’ll most likely just use it at home in my office or something once I get a new car (though you can use a chromecast for the same thing at a much larger distance).

    • Jprime

      how do you do that? is it bluetooth related (your car i mean)?

      • Jem

        I have a bluetooth NFC device that plugs into my head unit.

  • Brandon Miller

    Pretty rare. I would love to, however, but I live in a somewhat small town where very few retailers and restaurants have adopted it for payments.

  • Don Crist

    Put it on the gas pumps and I would use it every week.

    • If they ever made it compatible with credit card rewards programs, I’m in, but I’m not losing out on my 5% cash back on gas. Swiping a card is even easier than taking out your phone and touching it to the pump anyways IMO

      • funnyfarm299

        My Discover card’s cashback bonus works with Google wallet.

        • Last I heard, Google is what processes the transaction so the credit card company doesn’t see that you spent $xx on gas and will only give you the base cash back rate.

          • funnyfarm299

            Wrong. See reply above.

          • Too bad most people use Visa or Master Card…

          • Ryan

            Probably because APR’s are slightly better for Visa or MC in some cases. Amex and Discover have fees that some of us can’t afford, so we can’t use them. I fall in that category I can’t have a card with fees or I may have issues later on.

          • I’m pretty sure most Discover cards have no annual fee (you’re right about Amex though). The problem is that they aren’t accepted everywhere the way Visa and MC are. Discover is a great option to build credit after college though, then switch to something like Chase that offers more aggressive rewards and is accepted everywhere.

          • People still use Discover cards?

        • sirmeili

          Does your 5% work with it though? I think what @GeoffJohnson88:disqus is getting at is that some CCs give more rewards for certain things. For instance, I get 3% back on gas on my Amex. Amex sees that it was a gas station that charged it. If it shows up as it being from Google, then no go.

          Discover gets a flat 1% all year (not really, as you have to build up to the 1% starting from your anniversary).

          • funnyfarm299

            30 seconds of searching yields this.

            Will I earn rewards if I use my Discover Card via Google Wallet?

            Yes. You will earn Cashback Bonus or Miles on every purchase using your Discover Card with Google Wallet unless you have an Essential credit card, which does not have a rewards program. When using your Discover Card with Google Wallet to make purchases in-store, you can earn rewards in category based programs, such as the seasonal 5% program, on category purchases up to the dollar amount specified in each program if you signed up.

          • sirmeili

            That is why I asked, I didn’t have to search. I don’t use Google Wallet, though I do have a discover card. It was more curiosity and for clarification. I live in a smallish town, so I’m not even sure the McDonald’s has NFC (and I may walk inside one maybe once every few years). If they accepted them at the gas pump, I’d be there using it, but they don’t support it there either.

      • Tom Z

        Works fine with my Chase Rewards card.

      • renGek

        On the flip side I can make a charge to my amex card even though the vendor won’t take amex because to the vendor, they are charging to Googles virtual master card. That’s important to me since I hoard amex points.

        • So this basically confirms what I was talking about lol

      • panicswhenubered

        That is exactly why I do not use Google Wallet. I don’t get my regular rewards points, or my bonus points for gas, groceries, and airline travel.

      • Higher_Ground

        5% is not bad, more than enough to make up the difference between the cash/debit price and the credit price at the pump, which is usally around 10-12 cents (3-4%)

        • Here in NH the price is the same for cash or credit πŸ™‚

          • Joe Coppola

            In Mass alot of places advertise the credit price and take a few cents off for cash. so 3.65 would be 3.63 at the station I use

        • ERIFNOMI

          Are you a trucker? Because the only places I’ve come across that had a difference in price were truck stops and it was only on diesel.

          • Higher_Ground

            I guess it depends on where you live, and they usually only advertise the cash price. Could depend on the company too.

          • Chris

            In Los Angeles it always costs a little extra for Debit/Credit vs. Cash. I moved there for 6 months from New Orleans and I was super confused at first lol

    • BigTimmay

      I agree but isn’t it dangerous to use your phone while pumping gas or something?

      • Matthew Merrick

        only if you believe the conspiracy theorists. its about as dangerous (and abount as much misinformation, if not more) than using your phone in an airplane – aka completely safe but sometimes illegal and always “dangerous” for some reason

        • David Schendt

          Using your phone on a plane can be dangerous because it interfers with instrumentation on the plane. Nowadays though, the cabins of planes are isolated from these signals so there isn’t much risk involved. But to be on the safe side you should still turn your phones off.

          • Mmmhmmmm

            Please, do let me know what instrumentation cell phones interfere with? Every pilot I’ve ever talked to from commercial airlines to little cessnas all laugh when I ask about cell phones and planes.

          • David Schendt

            Communication and navigation equipment can be interfered by cell phones. Today this isn’t really an issue because they have changed the design of the cabin. In case that isn’t enough for you NASA has published reports on interference from cell phones and other mobile devices. Check out ASRS case number 440557.

          • Yucky

            Ooh, the blanket navigation/communication myth, gotcha. No need to continue then.

          • David Schendt

            I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you haven’t even looked at NASAs reports. Glad that you can just disprove stuff without taking 5 minutes to read anything.

          • Reportin’4Duty

            Just be careful on those limbs, there’s reports you can google that says cell phones interfere with the integrity of wood.

          • David Schendt

            Oh, I will be careful. And apparently NASA isn’t reliable….you should talk to a therapist about that trust issue of yours.

          • Brandon Franklin

            Wow someone should tell the airlines that automobile companies have instrument technology that is completely immune to phone signals and theirs even gps equipment that works while your using your cell phone. I doubt airplanes use OTA (over the air) signals to operate controls it would be to unreliable so worst case scenario it would mess with a pilots communications spectrum and he wouldn’t be able to talk with ground control but count how many times you’ve picked up someone else’s phone call on your own phone when their next to you and that’s how often it could happen

          • David Schendt

            Last time I checked cars didn’t use the same instruments as airplanes. Oh, and they aren’t thousands of feet in the air either and getting bombarded by hundreds of cell tower at the same time! Oh boy! Wait until the airlines figure that out! Oh no, they already have. That’s a shame.

          • Aardvark99

            Go ahead if you want to kill each and every one of us!

          • Joe Coppola

            The fact that the FAA is considering the use of cell phones during the flight with no airplane mode turned on and their biggest concern is having annoying people talking on the phone means its perfectly safe. http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/21/travel/fcc-cell-phones-flights/

          • David Schendt

            That’s because they have fixed the problem with cabin redesigns. Which, I just so happened to say before.

      • 4n1m4L

        Swiping a card creates friction which creates static. Less dangerous if anything. What is dangerous is not grounding yourself with something other than the pump nozzle.

      • Mythbusters tested that theory. Their determination: busted. As I recall, even when they fudged conditions to favor combustion, they still had a difficult time getting it to happen.

        • Yup, the worst is if you start pumping gas, get back in your car, then touch the nozzle again which can create a spark

          • Higher_Ground

            or do like a lot of the halfwits around here and just keep on smoking that cigarette while pumping gas into a 5 gal bucket….

          • Colin Huber

            In Oregon, we don’t have to worry about any of that. Oh, the luxury of not having to pump your own gas. However, it makes many people useless at the pump when they leave the state haha.

          • So you’re like NJ.. Never understood why they don’t allow people to pump their own gas.

          • Joe Coppola

            Ya I live in mass and went down to NJ and picked up the pump and had the guy running out yelling at me saying I can’t pump my own gas

          • glimmerman76

            and you pay for it. I lived in across the river from portland OR in Vancouver WA and the gas was always 10 cents higher in OR because they had to pump your gas

          • Colin Huber

            That much may very well be true.

    • blahblahblah

      It’s on gas pumps. Use it all the time.

      • starnovsky

        Which ones?

        • noc007

          Probably ones that aren’t anywhere near you.

        • Usually chains, like Cumberland Farms, Gulf, BP, etc.

    • starnovsky


    • bogy25

      I have never used NFC but if I can use it at gas pumps I would

  • I said yes, and I would use it more… if I could.

  • Damian

    Occasionally to share a picture or pair Bluetooth. But it’s nice to have nonetheless.

  • Pit

    No, but I would like to.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      the sentiment many if not all have here.

    • hansip

      Myself is using NFC frequently with my Sony XZU. NFC has been the most useful feature i’ve ever used. It’s just to simplify the Bluetooth Pairing or doing some automation task by scanning some tags. I think that only Sony that pushes the NFC usage for their smartphone and accessories. And once you are used to with how Sony design their accessories, no going back i suppose πŸ™‚

  • Levi Wilcox

    I use it with Google Wallet all the time.

    • Levi Wilcox

      Oh also been using it to quick pair my devices with the Sony a6000 (WiFi Direct) for remote camera control. It’s the best use of NFC outside of mobile payments that I’ve used so far.

  • Daniel Russell

    I said yes, but it’s definitely rare. I did blow the mind of the cashier at bloomindales who has never seen anyone pay with their phone. “You need to tell everyone to do that, I didn’t have to do anything.” I wish tap to pay was in more places.

  • yodatom10

    what modern android phone today doesn’t have NFC?

    • anon

      Alot of Metro PCS, Cricket, and boost mobile phones dont. A lot of low end devices dont have it.

  • Ryan

    Its rare. I mostly use WIFI Direct. Usually when i share a webpage or use ISIS/Google Wallet is when I use NFC. My tap tiles went out when i realized it was easier to change settings myself.

    • WAldenIV

      I change Bluetooth status, Wi-Fi status, ringer volume, media volume, and screen brightness at once with Tec Tiles when I get in the car, get to work, get in the car again, and get home. I’m saving minutes every day by using NFC.

      • Froosh Freak


        • WAldenIV

          Time is money.

      • monkey god

        You could do the same automatically with Trigger using wifi networks to activate profiles instead of NFC.

        • WAldenIV

          We don’t have open Wi-Fi access at work and it doesn’t solve the car situation.

      • ddh819

        does it work even if you have a PIN on your lockscreen?

        • WAldenIV

          I use a Moto skip to unlock my phone. Otherwise the PIN is required prior to using the Tec Tiles.

  • Ben Murphy

    I don’t. Ever.

  • Carlos Lopez

    Very rarely

    • maysider

      yes, just because the services are not able to adapt. I would really like to use it for:
      1) card payment
      2) unlock my doors, car

    • On2Vegas

      This probably should have been an option. I voted “No” because I have only used it maybe three times over the past 2+ years. I didn’t feel that really justified a “Yes” vote.