PayPal recently announced they were going to support NFC on mobile devices, as the technology begins to grow. This is one feature that many consumers would like on the next iPhone when it becomes available. But you don’t have to wait for the iPhone 5 as we can tell you how to get NFC on your iPhone 4 now.
The technology is becoming pretty well supported and owners of the Samsung Nexus S can pay for goods by just waving their device over a modern credit card terminal. If you are an iPhone 4 owner and your bank provides the small credit cards with NFC chips you are in luck. An article over at Unplggd.com is telling you how easy the procedure is to convert your iPhone 4 into a NFC device.
Before you start though a word of caution, as it requires the removal of the back panel of the device so you do so at your own risk. The back cover is removed by taking out a couple of screws from the bottom of the handset, and then sliding the cover upwards. You will then be met with the handset internals, which is where you put your NFC chip just behind the battery.
Just make sure that you don’t place the chip in contact with conductive components as you may permanently damage the device. You then have to replace the back cover and you should be all ready to go and start making payments with your new NFC capable device.
Obviously carrying out this procedure will invalidate any warranty you may have remaining on your handset, and you have to be careful not to damage any of the device’s internal components. This can be a solution if you want to pay for small items in this way before it becomes available in a bigger range of handsets.
Would you risk trying to install a NFC chip in your iPhone 4?