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NFC tags could make phones wallets of the future

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Near-field communication (NFC) could be the breakthrough technology of 2011, some analysts predict.

NFC allows for a wide variety of data transfers over a short distance, and is currently most frequently used to take mobile payments.

Dan Simmons reports from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, on how manufacturers are looking to capitalise on the technology already in use by Google and Nokia, and rumoured to be a feature on Apple's next incarnation of the iPhone.

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