Deutsche Telekom, parent company of T-Mobile USA, has announced plans to roll out a mobile payment system based on Near Field Communications (NFC) technology in multiple countries in 2011-2012. As reported by Phone Scoop, the company specifically mentions that it expects NFC phones from both Apple and Samsung in the second quarter of 2011.
A recent analyst report suggested that Apple plans to include NFC technology in the next versions of the iPhone and iPad; a later iLounge report claimed that Apple is developing new accessories that will communicate with the devices via NFC. Deutsche Telekom said that it sees mobile payments as being the most popular use for the technology, followed by mobile ticketing; it plans to launch its mobile payment initiative in the U.S.
in 2012. [via BGR].