A growing number of retailers in Australia are adopting Near Field Communication (NFC)-compatible readers, and so the number of mobile phones featuring the technology could rocket in 2013.
Devices utilising the function are able to communicate and transfer information wirelessly, meaning it is perfect for making e-payments.
Only high-end handsets currently feature NFC, but as popularity soars and more companies get on board, manufacturers' models could adopt the technology.
NFC smartphones currently on sale are mainly high-end, but the capability could become more mainstream next year as popularity takes hold.
Nokia's flagship gadget, the Windows Phone 8 Lumia 920, utilises the technology, and the Finnish firm has also included modern wireless charging technology.
Owners of the extremely popular Samsung Galaxy S3 can also use their mobile phone as an e-wallet thanks to an NFC chip.
Many industry experts and consumers were surprised that the latest Apple iPhone 5 did not offer this function, but many expect the next model in the range to get on board.
Posted by Claire Marshall