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Moneto Provides Answer for Non-NFC Capable Devices

February 21, 2012

One thing I really hate about signing up with a two-year contract is not being able to change my phone when a new one comes out; especially if it is a lot better than the phone I’m currently locked with. With all this talk about NFC capability, it is understandable why there are so many people who are getting interested in joining this bandwagon. But if you’re like me who has to wait for another couple of years before changing your phone, what do you do?

Fortunately, Moneto has addressed an answer to us! Moneto has made near-field communication chips available to devices not yet equipped with the feature. This is by cramming it into the standard MicroSD card slot of your smartphone. In addition, you have to use an Android app to give you the basic NFC payment capability you need to look cool.

This comes as a package worth $29.99 and includes a signal boosting sticker, a 1GB MicroSD card embedded with the NFC chip, and a $10 preloaded debit card for the Moneto account of the user.

As of this writing, this is only working with the original Samsung Galaxy S and some variants of different US carriers. Moneto is in the works of making this compatible with over three dozen smartphones from different manufacturers such as Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, and Huawei.