Friday, August 31, 2012

NFC: Finding tags to experiment with

Most of you should already know what NFC is, those who don't: NFC stands for Near Field Communication and you can read more about it on Wikipedia ;)
A few weeks ago I started investigating if there are some (online) shops which offer cheap NFC tags – I was especially looking for cheap shipping. Unfortunately most of the shops out there are either situated somewhere in the US where shipping to Austria is really expensive or the shops are somewhere in Europe but still, shipping is not much cheaper.

Why did I look for such a store? Because I don't have any experience with NFC yet (only scanning stuff) and wanted to started experimenting with developing Android and BlackBerry 10 apps that are some kind of NFC enabled. This is also why I was looking for cheap samples and not a large number of tags that cost almost a hundred Euros.
What I found were a lot of stores but only one that offered free samples on their homepage: NFC NETSTORE. The nice thing about them is, that they are from Finland and after contacting them via email they immediately sent me free NFC tag samples. The support was really friendly and I can only recommend them and as soon as my first experiments are finished, I'm definitely going to buy some more tags from them :)

Now this entry is not really technical but I think it's a good start to begin experimenting with NFC tags. I hope I'm gonna get more out of NFC and will be able to start a small developer series about how to develop NFC enabled apps.
So stay tuned for more over the next couple of weeks.

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At August 31, 2012 at 12:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try, located in London, UK. They sell trial starter packs for £14.50 with shipping in the EU for £4.50.

(I'm not associated with them)


At August 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Dustin Steiner said...

Thanks, I also found that store but I think 5.70€ for delivery is still too much :(
But maybe I'll add some more stores to a next post to have some variety.

At August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM , Blogger Stefan Schinwald said...

Amazon has everything for you :-D

and 9,90€ for 10 pieces is not that much ;-)


At August 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM , Blogger Dustin Steiner said...

Which product are you referring to? Can only find 9.90 for up to 5 tags and shipping is not even included :(


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