NFC payment systems are taking off really slowly in the US, but according to a new study, they could be the dominant form of retail payment by 2020. That doesn’t seem like long, but think of how quickly credit and debit card payments took off once the technology for quick, secure transactions was available to retailers and banks.
Lots of phones in Japan have NFC capability, where you can use your phone in lieu of a credit card for payment, and the technology is slowly leaking over into the US and Europe (and I guess Canada). The Nexus Prime will have it, as will future Android phones, as will future iPhones, maybe. Apple has said they might at some point, but it’s not a high priority.