Near-Field Communication — we’ve been telling you about it for years — is about to enter the real retail world, letting consumers pay for purchases without swiping a card or signing. Just having your NFC-equipped mobile device near the store’s point-of-sale terminal will complete the transaction. Nokia built the first device; now Visa rolls out the first version of the payment part of the service.
Aside from eviscerating the “Close only counts in horseshoes” aphorism, NFC offers fumble-free, keyless shopping for those with limited dexterity and/or vision. Let’s hope the retailers preserve that when they implement NFC.