Thursday, March 20, 2014

How NFC Technology Will Change Our Lives for the Better



It wasn’t that long ago when cell phones were merely devices that made it easier for us to place and receive calls. Their portability and range made them highly convenient and revolutionized the way we communicated with one another virtually overnight. Within a few years internet technology made its way into the handheld devices and connected us with the world. 

Now there is a new technology that will once again change our lives for the better. NFC, or near-field communication, technology is a short range wireless communication standard for sharing, pairing and transactions. NFC has the ability to read tiny chips, called infotags or smart tags, that are embedded in everything from magazine pages to movie posters to flyers and brochures.

With this technology we’ll take connectivity to whole new levels that were previously only the stuff of science-fiction. 

Changing the Way We Shop

NFC technology will allow our cell phones to become virtual ATM machines and credit devices, replacing the need to carry around multiple plastic cards or a thick wad of paper bills, greatly reducing the possibility of financial identity theft or loss of currency.

You’ll be able to use your phone to complete transaction at any NFC-capable checkout systems throughout the world. Instead of receiving paper receipt you’ll receive an electronic receipt sent to your email. You’ll be able to track your expenses instantly and therefore have a better understand of how your spending patterns.

Changing the Way We Access Information



This type of technology will also change the way we access information anywhere in the world. Imagine waving your cell phone over a movie poster in a department store or shopping center and being able to view movie trailers, find out info about the movie’s cast and credits, as well as see local view times and prices.

At a moment’s notice you’ll be able to find whatever relevant information exists on just about any product or item you encounter, and in so doing will make more informed and intelligent choices on a number of things.

Changing the Way We Receive Healthcare

NFC equipped cell phones will allow you to check in and out of health care facilities with increased accuracy and efficiency. You’ll be able to scan and bring up your personal medical records, prescription medication dosage information, insurance and coverage information and much more.

Doctors and health care providers will also be able to more accurately diagnose and monitor patients in their care. The technology will also ensure that follow up care takes place as directed and that patients are able to have their questions answered without having to return to the doctor’s office.

These are just a few ways that this new technology will be changing our lives for the better in the next few years. And, really, considering how positively these advances will affect us we should expect dozens of more cool features developed in the next decade. Exciting times are ahead. All thanks to NFC.

What are MVNOs? Pros/Cons?



Everyone needs a cell phone these days. In the digital age, not having a cell phone is tantamount to not having a normal phone 20 years ago. It’s an almost unthinkable inconvenience that could end up costing you dearly. The problem is there are so many carries to choose from. If you’ve been thinking about getting a cell phone or switching carriers, keep reading to learn more about MVNOs.
 
What are MVNOs?

MVNO stands for mobile virtual network operator. In the United Kingdom, you’ll hear them referred to as mobile other licensed operator. Either way, they refer to a wireless provider that doesn’t actually own the network it provides. Instead, they enter into a business agreement with the company that runs the mobile network, whereby they’re allowed to provide service from it to their own customers.

An MVNO will by access to the preexisting network at wholesale prices. Then it sells off as many portions as it likes at a price it chooses. These smaller MVNO companies provide their own customer service, a billing system and hire their own staff. 



Pros

There are many reasons why you may want to use an MVNO. As each provider is different, however, it’s difficult to generalize the reasons you should choose this method. However, most tend to share certain aspects in common. 

No Long Term Contracts 

One of the best parts about opting to go with an MVNO is they operate on a prepaid system that lack long term contracts. Everyone’s experienced or knows someone who has experience the ordeal of being locked into a plan that last years at a time. You may want to switch for a number of reasons, but you’ll be put through the ringer before you’re allowed.

No Penalties for Terminating your Contract

This goes hand-in-hand with the above. With an MVNO, you can terminate whatever contract you do have prematurely without fear of having to pay extra fees as a punishment. So if things change and you want to choose a different network, there’s nothing stopping you.

Cons

No option is perfect and the same goes with using an MVNO. However, just like with the pros involved, be sure to research all your options before assuming these negatives apply to every MVNO out there.

Lack of Phones

It’s not impossible to get the phone you want for your MVNO, but it’s not exactly easy either. While most MVNOs won’t demand you use one of their phones that still leaves you with the problem of finding one. Even if you do obtain the kind you like, you’ll most likely need to jailbreak it in order to make it work on an MVNO network. 

Limited Plans 

While many people like the pay-as-you-go method that’s typical for so many MVNOs, they won’t come with the unlimited data options so many of us take for granted. When you use a smart phone, you’re constantly burning through data as you surf the web. When you use an MVNO phone you’ll need to be aware of how much data you’re going through.
JG