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Doubt has been swirling around the potential widespread use of near field communication, or NFC, a technology that links consumers’ mobile phones to merchants’ point-of-sale terminals, enabling instant mobile payments. Apple released the iPhone 5 without an NFC chip, leaving millions of consumers out of the NFC equation. Google locked itself into NFC with the launch of the Google Wallet app, but other possible major players in the NFC arena, including PayPal, Bank of America and Walmart, sidestepped the technology during their recent mobile payment initiatives.

Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as managing editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 13 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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