Industry exprets are recognizing that the mobile phone is becoming more like a universal remote control.
In-Stat has a mobile research report out called Mobile Wallet: More Than M-Commerce
“In-Stat believes that the market can grow only by adopting a technology that offers the most versatility by providing both transaction capability and content discovery,” says David Chamberlain, In-Stat analyst.
“There are several technologies that could enable mobile wallet operations of handsets, including Near Field Communications (NFC), Radio Frequency (RFID), bar codes, and visual recognition. (They can deliver content too)
In-Stat recognizes the role physical world hyperlinks will play.
Standardization efforts around NFC may give that system the edge.”
A summary of the report can be found here