Consumers by 2012 will make Near Field Communication-enabled and similar transactions worth at least $30 billion (21 billion euros), up from $8 billion in 2009, according to projections from United Kingdom-based Juniper Research.

The figures include NFC-like transactions in Japan in which consumers use contactless applications on mobile phones to pay for transit and retail purchases, along with NFC-enabled or NFC-like stickers that consumers in other countries can affix to mobile devices for contactless purchases.

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