Japanese iPhone carrier Softbank has announced plans to launch Near Field Communications (NFC) add-ons for the iPhone 4. According to the press release (Translated Link), the polyurethane, Bumper case-compatible “seals” will stick to the back of the iPhone, allow for full access to the device’s rear-facing camera and flash, and use Sony-developed FaliCa NFC technology to enable wireless payments. The seals will be available in WAON-, nanaco-, and Edy-compatible varieties, and will be sold in Softbank stores as well as online; the seals are expected to launch in February 2011 and will sell for 2,980 yen, or roughly $36. [via Engadget]

Charles Starrett

Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.