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  1. matttye

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    They're very expensive compared to other NFC tags.

    I just bought ten for
     

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    Yeah I bought mine from tagstand, came out to about $1 each.
     
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    Thanks :)

    RapidNFC - NFC Tags, Stickers and Products

    I ordered the tags 10pm Wednesday and they came today.

    If you buy ten or more a lot of the tags work out at only 65p each.

    They're very useful but "ultralight" tags don't have a lot of space for data to be written.
     
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    What exactly are these tags for?
     
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    NFC tags. They work with apps like NFC Task Manager. Allow you to pre-program tasks that your phone will initiate when you swipe your phone over the tag.

    For example: I have one at my work desk, that mutes my phone, I swipe it when I am leaving to go to a meeting. I can swipe it when I get back and it unmutes my phone.
     
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    Other examples:

    Put one in the car to enable GPS, Bluetooth and start navigation.

    By the bed to put phone in silent mode, disable auto sync.

    By the door to disable wifi.

    Love them :D
     
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    That is actually pretty cool. Gotta think of ways to use this but wow, I did not know about this feature.

    How did I skip this feature when going through all the videos?! That is awesome

    So they cost around 1.5 a tag? This is very cool. Doubt I will use it but definitely getting some to just mess with
     
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    Ok, this is awesome, will make things so much easier. Even to remember to make battery more efficient in some spots
     
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    I have never heard of such a thing and I find this very cool! I will have to research to learn a little more about it but in the meantime maybe someone can tell me. Do you assign the tasks to each tag via your phone?

    Edit: Looks like several more responses came in while I was typing this. Thanks!
     
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    I'm new to Android phones and learn a ton every time I get on this site (which is probably too often... :proud:)

    Great post and link jerofld.
     
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    You can, just need to buy a cheap app for
     
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    I actually found the US links in that one article to be outdated. So I found this XDA thread on the topic:

    [APP] 6/12 NFC Task Launcher - 3.6.1 Released - xda-developers

    He is the author of the app and lists this as a good listing to get tags: Purchase NFC Tags - JWK Software - NFC Based Mobile Apps

    And the app is here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jwsoft.nfcactionlauncher

    And matttye, I've changed the thread title. It'll be clear in a little while why I did. But thank you for bringing up the alternatives :)
     
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    I'd like to use this to tell my phone to shuffle my songs and start playing. Is this possible? I haven't seen anything mention that it can, though it said it can integrate with Tasker, which I think can do whatever it wants.
     
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    A few questions on this
    1. what sort of size tag do I need when buying generic ones. I need big enough 1 without paying for the 'overkill'
    2. can 1 tag change multiple settings or would i need more than 1
    3. If the second point is possible can the NFC task launcher that jerofld linked to, change multiple settings.

    I'm getting a bit excited and obsessive about these tags but don't want to waste my cash.

    Also, does anyone know when the official TecTiles are being launched in the UK as I can't even download the samsung app as it says 'USA and Canada only' when I go to google play store?

    Thanks
     
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    1. NTAG203 is plenty big enough and they're the same price as ultralight tags. They also have slightly greater range, making it easier to scan them. If you're in the UK you can get ten of them for
     
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    Is there a way to get this application working outside of US/Canada ?
    I have the tiles but the APP is blocked.

    I also want to play with it :)
    Somebody has the APP ?
     

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