Moneto microSD Card Brings NFC to Android Smartphones and iPhones

Android Smartphone and iPhone as Visa Mastercard PaymentNFC (Near Field Communication) is a feature present in many new smartphones that allows wireless payment among other things. Until now, if you had an iPhone or an Android smartphone without an NFC chipset, you would not have been able to take advantage of NFC. But this is about to change thanks to Moneto, a prepaid mobile wallet that works with a microSD card embedding an NFC Chipset.

The Moneto Android Kit (29.95 USD) comes with a 1GB microSD card, a Booster Sticker, aPrepaid Debit Card, the Moneto app and 10 USD pre-loaded onto the account.

The Moneto iPhone Kit (79.95 USD) comes with a microSD card, an iCaisse case, a Prepaid debit card, the Moneto app and 10 USD pre-loaded onto the account.

You’ve got to love the iPhone markup… although there must certainly be a justification for the price difference that I’m missing…

There are some caveats to such solutions:

  1. You can’t add a microSD card for extra storage anymore although you’ll get about 1GB on the microSD for Android.
  2. It is only available in the US for now.
  3. The number of supported phones is limited:  iPhone 3G/3GS, iPhone 4/4S and Samsung Galaxy S.  Having said that, the company plans to support 46 Android smartphones from Motorola, Samsung,  Sony Ericsson, HTC, Kyocera and Huawei, as well as some Blackberry phones.
  4. The SD Card cannot be used a mass storage device on iPhones “thanks” to Apple restrictions.

You can find further information and/or buy a mobile payment kit on Moneto website.

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