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[Q] So ... NFC is basically worthless if you use a case?

23rd January 2014, 12:57 PM |#1  
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So I got some NFC tags, planning to automate some functions for convenience.
One to turn off wifi and turn on GPS, BT and mobile data for use in my car and one to do the reverse when I get home, etc.

I got the things and immediately saw the problem. My S4 is in an S-view case that is not particularly thick.
While in the case, the phone simply does not "see" the tag at all. Out of the case, it does.
So essentially, if I want to use NFC, I have to take the phone out of the case first.

Is that it? Anyone have any ideas?
 
 
23rd January 2014, 01:48 PM |#2  
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Originally Posted by nunjabusiness

So I got some NFC tags, planning to automate some functions for convenience.
One to turn off wifi and turn on GPS, BT and mobile data for use in my car and one to do the reverse when I get home, etc.

I got the things and immediately saw the problem. My S4 is in an S-view case that is not particularly thick.
While in the case, the phone simply does not "see" the tag at all. Out of the case, it does.
So essentially, if I want to use NFC, I have to take the phone out of the case first.

Is that it? Anyone have any ideas?

I can only say that NFC works fine on my s4 with an OBEX case on it. Are you sure you are using the correct tags for the s4?
23rd January 2014, 02:56 PM |#3  
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Nfc works quite a bit of distance away. Mine goes through my spiegen case and my wallet(have a tag to unlock on my bum) and it works flawless.

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23rd January 2014, 11:51 PM |#4  
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It does work pretty well through plastic.... it goes through a friend's otterbox defender case and my spiegen just fine

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24th January 2014, 02:09 AM |#5  
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Very interesting. I am using brand new Samsung Tectiles, bought from Samsung.
The case is not that thick, but there is a piece of metal stuck to the inside back for my iMagnet car mount.

Could that be the culprit?
That would be a bummer as it is the best mount I have found so far - bar none.
24th January 2014, 02:15 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by nunjabusiness

Very interesting. I am using brand new Samsung Tectiles, bought from Samsung.
The case is not that thick, but there is a piece of metal stuck to the inside back for my iMagnet car mount.

Could that be the culprit?
That would be a bummer as it is the best mount I have found so far - bar none.

That would do it.
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