A: These days, most major mobile device manufacturers (well, except one) include NFC in their flagship products. To be sure, please check with your device manufacturer as NFC capability for some model is optional. NFCWorld.com maintains a comprehensive list of NFC enabled phones here.
A: Various data can be written in your NFC tag such as URL, URI, plain text, contact (vCard), email, phone number, and SMS. These data is stored in NDEF structure. NDEF is a common data format for NFC tag.
Not all tags are NDEF-formatted from the factory. Some devices are not able to read or write tags which are not NDEF formatted (e.g. Windows Phone). We will take care of this for you. All our tags are NDEF formatted before we deliver them. If you don't want them to be formatted, please let us know.
By using certain applications, you can also store "actions" to be performed on your mobile device such as launching an app, turn on/off bluetooth, turn on/off ringtone etc. Rather than fiddling with your phone, you can save some time with a simple tap.
A: NFC Forum Type Tag is a technical specification released by NFC Forum group to promote interoperability across NFC devices. It is important especially if you want to make sure that your NFC tag can be read by all NFC devices, current and future. Type 1, 2, 3 or 4 tag compliance is indicated in our product description if applicable.
Choose NFC Forum Type tags (NTAG203, Ultralight) if you want to deploy them in public area. All NFC-enabled device should have no problem to read them.
Mifare 1K tag which is not NFC Forum mandated tag is OK for your personal usage provided that your device supports it (Please contact your device manufacturer if you are not sure). Mifare 1K is widely used, holding a relatively large amount of memory and considerably cheap.
To know more about NFC Forum Type Tag, please find the technical specification here.
A: Yes, you will need a driver and an application to use the reader. Download links for the drivers are available on product page for each reader.
You will need an application as well as this does not come together with the reader. If you want to build your own application, check out our Software Development Kit (SDK) that provide you with demo programs and sample codes in various programming languages.
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