Update: The discount on the 12-pack of tags has been reduced to 20%, bringing the total price up to $15.98. TagsForDroid spoke with us on the issue, saying that they had reserved a set number of packages at the reduced price, and ran out much faster than they anticipated. They apologized to those customers who couldn't get an order in quick enough to take advantage of the deal.

The NFC functionality included in most newer Android smartphones is pretty neat, but the utility is limited by the NFC-enabled hardware you have on hand. If you've been meaning to try out NFC in more practical applications, like contextual apps for your desk or car, you may want to check out the NFC tags from TagsForDroid. At the moment the 12-pack (10 NFC tags plus two plastic NFC keychains) is $11.98, a savings of $8 and 40% off the $20 list price on Amazon.


A set of tag stickers with contextual Bugdroid doodles are included (or more general icons, if you hate fun), and Amazon Prime subscribers can take advantage of free two-day shipping. The rest of TagsForDroid's stock is also discounted, though not quite so heavily - the cheapest set is five tags and one keychain for $11, making the upgrade an easy choice. A quick browse of Amazon shows the TagsForDroid sets to be the best current bang for your buck.

According to the merchant, this discount will only be available for the next few days. Looking for apps that take advantage of physical NFC tags? Check out Cameron's writeup from last year.

TagsForDroid Amazon Sets:

12-pack (10 tags, two keychains) Android themed stickers - $11.98

12-pack (10 tags, two keychains) generic themed stickers  - $11.98

6-pack (5 tags, one keychain) Bugdroid themed stickers - $10.98

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • kay

    What do you guys use NFC for? Looking for ideas. Tried getting NFC to work to get my bank balance when I scan my contactless card but ended up not being able to.

    • Christopher Theofilaktos

      I use it for my bank card and public transport card to see my balance

      EDIT: and a bed side table one that shows the clock

      • kay

        I haven't been able to get the balance to show ugh. Stupid Ally Bank.

      • Chuck

        How do you use NFC to show balance?

        My thought is that NFC can only be used to control built-in device feature, such as wifi, ringer, etc and NOT how an individual app is executed.

        • Christopher Theofilaktos

          I just get it to open up my bank app. I'm also thinking of using tasker to automatically enter my username and password into the bank app so I can instantly see my balance without typing it in but that's not very secure. You can launch apps with NFC, you can also launch tasker tasks which means the possibilities are basically endless. Have a look at NFC task launcher and dig around to see the options,

    • Justin

      I use one currently stuck to the inside of my wallet to toggle my ringer on and off, so I can just take my phone and tap it to my pocket if I need to silence it before putting it away. I plan to use one of these to raise the headphones volume to max, launch google music, and turn wifi off when I'm in the car, and another to store my at home wifi details at home.

      I'm sure I'll find more uses for them now since the NFC scanner in the htc one is significantly more reliable than the one in my galaxy nexus.

    • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

      I use my Metrocard to trigger a SMS to my wife that I'm coming home, and it then launches Maps to navigate to my house. So I tap my phone to my wallet, and off I go.

      This morning I tried an alarm that makes me get out of bed and tap a NFC card to turn it off. I put it right next to my running shoes. However, it didn't work right and I had to reboot my phone to get the alarm to stop. need to look into that today.

      • Justin W

        How are you planning to get the alarm to turn off with a tap of the NFC tag? That's a really good idea, I just have no clue how I would implement it. Maybe some Tasker magic?

  • David Belyea

    $8 shipping cause my student prime ended, not even a chance

    • jordanjay29

      The renewal fee on Prime is worth it, especially if you purchase any textbooks from Amazon.

      • David Belyea

        Done with school or I would. I don't need the instant video and most things I buy have free shipping...

        • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

          Free two day shipping? I love Amazon Prime so much...

          • Justin W

            Agreed, it's worth it, IMO. I started with a Student Prime membership, but I've been getting renewal fees of $40 since :)

        • firesoul453

          its 100% worth $80 a year. (Or go to graduate school adn get it for $40 a year)
          The prime video alone pays for it., netflix is $96 a year. So its slightly cheaper but just about the same.
          The shipping alone pays for itself, especially in those situations when you need one day shipping
          Kindle lenders library is awesome bonus too

          Share it with a friend (like have someone give you $20 and let them use it every once in a while) and its an even better value.

    • SofaKingWeToddid

      Awww come on...You care for yourself? Then you're a caregiver. Just
      create a toss away email account and sign up for amazon "mom" - it
      applies to all caregivers - read the fine print.
      Free prime shipping
      for a couple months. Order, free shipping, done -boom . Because you're
      probably one of those sweaty geeky dudes that watches pr0n quietly in
      the dark late at night you can probably use your NFC tags to turn your
      volume and screen brightness down ...oh and you're welcome.

      • David Belyea

        Wow, the first part was actually good advice but then you just turned into an ass.

        • SofaKingWeToddid

          so does that mean you're trying to touch me now? WTF..?!!?

  • br_hermon

    I've had a galaxy nexus since launch and now an N7. I bought some NFC tags a while ago and unfortunately can't find much use for them. I really wanted to but just couldn't. (Mostly in part to Tasker automating nearly everything for me.)

    I want to use NFC but until I can come up with some more ideas, I'm having trouble hopping on this deal.

    • dogulas

      I can think of one thing that would be extremely useful. It could be done in a more workaround way, but if Google did something about it with Google Now reminders, that would be just awesome. As I said above...

      Right now, you can get Google Now reminders when you arrive at a location. But it is limited to addresses. I want to get reminders when I arrive at my car (not once I have already started driving), or as I'm *about to leave* my house. NFC tags would provide this functionality.

      "Remind me to bring ______ [as I am leaving this morning](when I tap my phone on the NFC tag at my front door, or in my car)"

    • Patrick Thompson

      I'm in the same situation. I can't think of anything I can't do automatically with Tasker that I can with NFC tags. I got two free tags during some promotion and I never use them.

      • br_hermon

        The only use I have so far is: I put a sticker on my car dash and setting my phone down on it initiates car mode. That's it. My phone automatically changes from and to all other modes.

  • Ben Enos

    Great deal, thanks for the heads up :)

  • dogulas

    Right now, you can get Google Now reminders when you arrive at a location. But it is limited to addresses. I want to get reminders when I arrive at my car (not once I have already started driving), or as *I'm about to leave* my house. NFC tags would provide this functionality.

    "Remind me to bring ______ [as I am leaving this morning](when I tap my phone on the NFC tag at my front door, or in my car)"

    • kamiller42

      True story. I had the same problem when I first started wearing glasses. I setup Tasker to speak when I start the car, "Enjoy the ride. Don't forget your glasses." Passengers get a kick out of it. It's saved my bacon a few times. The context I use is upon connect to the car's bluetooth. NFC is another option that would work.

  • NexusKoolaid

    S4 AND NEXUS 4 OWNERS: the tags which come with the 6 pack are MIFARE tags that will not work with the S4 or Nexus 4. The MIFARE tags utilize proprietary protocols, where the S4 and Nexus 4 use NFC controllers based on open standards. Looks like the 12 packs are OK. Read the Amazon pages carefully.

    • lensgrabber

      worth the mention, thanks!

  • xnifex

    "According to the merchant, this discount will only be available for the next few days." --- I guess by that, they mean the next few hours. Now up to $15-$16

    • Nathan Landman

      Confirmed the prices are up to $15-$16 now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Too much demand, I suppose. Argh, though, they switched up the pricing even though they promised it to last a number of days.

      • NexusKoolaid

        Amazon prices are rarely fixed, but are adjusted automatically based on a number of factors. I don't know what those factors are or how their formulas are weighted, but demand and seller's suggested price are certainly some of the variables considered.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          In this case, it was the developer who upped them. We got in touch, and they just didn't anticipate the demand.

          • xnifex

            thanks for following up with that.

  • firesoul453

    They told me they had a specific stock aside for that price and it sold out much quicker than they expected. The $15-$16 price is a 20% off discount and will be gone in a few days.

  • lardygeezer

    Price hiked already - gougers! Is this the new con?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      See the update from the manufacturer.

      • lardygeezer

        Thanks for coming here and explaining.

  • TagsForDroid

    Hi, TagsForDroid here. I wanted to apologize and explain what happened with the deal today. It can be summarized to a big communication mistake on my part.
    Two days after these new sets of tags were released we reached an agreement
    with the tag factory to offer a 40% off deal. They would take a 20% cut if we would too on a specific number of sets. If you look at our G+ posts we initially advertised the deal as "We are reducing the price on this new set to $11.98 for a few days while supplies last." The key being "while supplies last". At the rate sales were going I expected the deal to last 2-3 more days. I then, clearly not thinking things through, added to the post " My guess is we will run out of this batch in about 2-3 days."
    We then contacted Android Police letting them know of the deal, and again used the same wording. This was clearly a mistake and on behalf of TagsForDroid I apologize. We did not expect sales to increase at the rate they did. They seriously spiked. It took about 4 hours from the time Android Police published their post for all the stock to be over on the Android themed tags and an additional 2 hours before the Hide&Spot themed ones were gone as well. We screwed up and we really are sorry about this.
    We have not been able to get the manufacturer to agree to take the 20% loss on additional sets, but we will continue with our side of the discount (20%) at least until Friday at midnight PDT or until we completely run out of stock, whichever comes first.
    There was no bad intention on our side. We depend on all of you and would not risk angering you and ruining 2 years of work.
    Hopefully this clarifies things, and again let me say we are sorry about our mistake.
    If anybody has questions, please post them or contact us. We will be monitoring this post as well as out G+ account.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks for stopping by and explaining the situation.

      I just wanted to clarify one bit above that says that you then contacted AP and let us know about the deal and used the same wording. The wording was not the same and didn't have the most crucial part: "while supplies last." The exact wording is below:

      Hi Android Police,
      Any chance you can mention our current Amazon deals on our new products as one of your deal alerts? Two of the three new items are at 40% off for a few days.

      Had we known that the supplies were limited and that the price would have gone up when they ran out, we would have added it to the post.

      • http://tagsfordroid.com/ TagsForDroid

        Hi Artem, yes, you are correct. By the "same wording" i wasn't referring to the "while supplies last" part of my comment. I was referring to the "2-3 days" (few days) which I had added to my own post on G+. This was my mistake 100%, starting on my update to my own post and continuing to how I described the deal to AP. Sorry about this, hopefully you guys understand. Sometimes better than expected success can be a problem. We have learned our lesson. We will be much more accurate describing deals in the future.

  • wilflare

    is this still worth buying? or are there better options?