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Japanese iPhone Gains NFC Technology Via Sticker

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Japanese iPhone Gains NFC Technology Via Sticker

In response to Japanese consumer's complaints about the iPhone 4's lack of near-field communication technology, Japanese wireless carrier Softbank has released an NFC sticker designed specifically for the phone.

"Once the sticker/card is charged with e-money, users can tap their iPhone on card readers installed in train stations, convenience stores and other places in Japan to make offline payments," wrote Serkan Toto on Mobile Crunch.

According to the source, the iPhone 4 is one of the few Japanese phones without NFC technology.

Although marketed as a sticker, the label itself covers the majority of the back of the iPhone, but is thin enough for owners to continue to use an Apple Bumper cover, the website 9 to 5 Mac reported. It will not cover the phone's camera area, either. The stickers will be available in Japan in February for approximately $36 a piece.

The stickers do not actually interact with the phone, but instead act as a "NFC terminal," according to website Mac Rumors. The technology is being launched first in Japan because of the strong adoption rate the country has seen with the technology.