...What a great concept, right? Any excuse in freeing up valuable pocket space is good with me. So what can a smartphone with NFC [Near Field Communication] capabilities really do for you...? Check out the list below put together by Sam Biddle from gizmodo listing 14 ways your wallet may go bye-bye.
1. Mobile Payment
This one's a gimme. Mostly, because it already exists—credit card companies like Visa are already pushing their contactless methods, and companies like Google and Apple have shown interest in turning our phones into debit cards. It might even show up in the next iPhone. What's it mean? No real wallet. Take out your phone, swipe it by the register, be on your way.
2. Goodbye Passport
This one, not so much a gimme—namely for security reasons. We can't imagine the US State Department relinquishing control of their most cherished proof of existence. But, as with your wallet, it'd be nice to consolidate the number of things you have to pack on a trip. Imagine swiping your phone at customs instead of digging around for your crinkled passport? New passports already have radio chips inside, anyway. Just hope suicide bombers don't start jailbreaking.
4. Contact Exchange
Hey! What's your number! What? I can't hear you! Two oh two, three... WHAT? Sorry, it's really loud in here. Can you just—oh forget it. And there goes the love of your life. Instead, you could have enabled a contact exchange mode and swapped digits with NFC - no need to keep battery-munching Bluetooth or WiFi turned on.
5. Comparison Shopping
6. Instant Restaurant Reviews
7. Perfect Foursquare Check-Ins
8. Easy Tickets
10. Dead Simple Bibliographies
11. Educated Grocery Shopping
12. Medicine Demystified
13. Pet Tags
14. Less Painful Hospitals
Can you think of other ways? Let us know...!