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    Default Nexus 4 has "limited NFC chipset"??

    I tried ordering some NFC tags and a rep at a company stated that I have to order a specific set of tags because

    "If you have a Nexus 4 you MUST get the NTAG203 tag. The Nexus 4 has a limited NFC chipset that does not read the mifare classic tags.
    The NTAG203 has a lot less memory, but it should not affect you if you plan on using apps for phone automation. They use very little space."

    Can anyone shed light on this?
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    Default Re: Nexus 4 has "limited NFC chipset"??

    To my knowledge the Nexus 4 has a newer NFC chip which consumes lesser power. Newer NFC tags work with it.
    "the Nexus 4 makes use of the Broadcom BCM20793 NFC controller"
    "Mifare Classic tags make use of proprietary protocols developed by NXP; they are not NFC Forum compliant. As a result, phones with non-NXP NFC controllers are unable to communicate with the tags."
    This page will help.

    Nexus 4 and 10 Incompatible With Mifare Classic NFC Tags | NFC Brief
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    Default Re: Nexus 4 has "limited NFC chipset"??

    Quote Originally Posted by cornkracker View Post
    To my knowledge the Nexus 4 has a newer NFC chip which consumes lesser power. Newer NFC tags work with it.
    "the Nexus 4 makes use of the Broadcom BCM20793 NFC controller"
    "Mifare Classic tags make use of proprietary protocols developed by NXP; they are not NFC Forum compliant. As a result, phones with non-NXP NFC controllers are unable to communicate with the tags."
    This page will help.

    Nexus 4 and 10 Incompatible With Mifare Classic NFC Tags | NFC Brief

    So the N4 just uses compliant tech rather than non-official? I think this is a good thing.

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