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Posted by Seth PlanckJanuary 26th, 2012 at 8:20 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News
BlackBerry 3G Playbook with NFC leaks out with 2012 roadmap
BlackBerry has had its 2012 roadmap leak this week and among an assortment of NFC smartphones there was a BlackBerry Playbook that rocked on HSPA+ 3G, and is likely to feature NFC if the leaked presentation slides are to be believed. We reported just the other day that BlackBerry had supported NFC in a big way which, since Nokia has said goodbye to NFC at the moment, means the Canadian firm is sitting in pole position for supporting the technology throughout their devices. That support appears to now extend to the firm’s Playbook tablet. The first Playbook came sans 3G data connectivity and was billed as the iPad killer. But without a few fundamentals, like unified mail, the Playbook struggled against the iPad and lately the Android-based devices.
Posted by Seth PlanckJanuary 06th, 2012 at 11:46 AM Filed Under Latest News
Sprint LTE upgraded Galaxy Nexus ad shown and pulled
An ad has appeared on CNET that displayed a Sprint LTE Galaxy Nexus displayed proudly, touting some better specifications than its Big Red brethren. CES starts this next week and yesterday we received a clue about what Sprint may have in mind to show us at their press conference. The problem with the Galaxy Nexus is you have to sign up for a Verizon account to get it. If you want Google Wallet you have to pop over to XDA Developers and go through a few system changes to get it without Verizon’s permission. The whole launch of the Galaxy Nexus was a debacle at best, but it is now looking as if we may have a better choice coming our way. Although this ad was pulled pretty quickly, it was up for long enough to show some features that the Sprint Galaxy Nexus is likely to boast.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 16th, 2011 at 1:11 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
BlackBerry London NFC smartphone BBX handset?
An image and some specs have surfaced supposedly showing the BlackBerry London BBX NFC smartphone which could be the first hero phone that will usher in RIM’s QNX based OS. The image shows a different design mantra from BlackBerry showing what appears to be similar to the Porsche Design P9981, which didn’t win too many fans. This NFC smartphone that has the code name of BlackBerry London is said to be released in June next year and could represent the Canadian firm’s effort to gain back market share.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 15th, 2011 at 9:48 PM Filed Under NFC Briefs
Galaxy Nexus speeds past the FCC, getting ready to hit Verizon this month with NFC onboard The Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone saga continues as the handset passes through the FCC without a firm release date. NFC is on board as is LTE, however, the docs point out that Verizon specifically asked for VoLTE (Voice over [...]
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 10th, 2011 at 12:38 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
HTC Amaze NFC Android phone heading to AT&T
NFC Rumors has learned that AT&T is planning to add the HTC Amaze to its growing list of NFC capable smartphones within the next few weeks. The HTC Amaze has already been on T-Mobile since October 10th, and it now appears that AT&T wants in on some of the well specified HTC Amaze action for its own network. However, like every other NFC smartphone that goes on Ma’ Bell, it is not clear at this point whether NFC will be enabled at the time of launch. AT&T has disabled Near Field Communication chips in every NFC phone so far, but rumors are suggesting the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus may be changing things over at the number two MNO.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 10th, 2011 at 11:20 AM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
HTC Edge quad-core NFC phone coming March or April
Images and specifications for the HTC Edge quad-core NFC smartphone have leaked online, and if the rumors are true this new phone will be a beast. We have been waiting for quad-core super phones for well over a year now and it looks as if it will be HTC that delivers in the form of the HTC Edge. There has now been a plethora of NFC smartphones announced and as of yet, most are rocking Android. The HTC Edge could well represent the next bump in usability for smartphones, and from what we are hearing, the quad-core wonder phone will support NFC from the get go. In fact, if the rumors are correct the specifications for the HTC Edge set a new premium standard for smartphones that even the rumored Samsung Galaxy S III does not compete with.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 09th, 2011 at 3:05 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Verizon Galaxy Nexus NFC phone launch date
If you have been waiting for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus NFC phone to launch, we can confirm that you won’t be waiting much longer. Our sources have let us know that consumers will be able to pick up a Verizon Galaxy Nexus NFC smartphone on November 21st at their local Verizon store.
From what we are hearing NFC services will be available but don’t expect to see Google Wallet or any other form of payments available on the phone. Word is that Isis is way behind on its deployments and Verizon has been locked into a legal stranglehold where it cannot bring any other NFC mobile wallet on board other than services that are to be offered by Isis. It appears that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile may not be feeling so hot to trot with the deal they signed with Isis after all.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 16th, 2011 at 9:42 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
BlackBerry Curve Touch 9380 and BlackBerry Bold Bellagio 9790 NFC phones getting ready to launch
It isn’t like we didn’t know that the BlackBerry Curve Touch 9380 and BlackBerry Bold Bellagio 9790 NFC phones were getting ready to be released, but it’s always nice to get some confirmation from BlackBerry. Surprisingly, it came on the company’s dev blog, which isn’t protected by a login. It’s here that RIM announced that the BlackBerry Curve Touch 9380 and BlackBerry Bold Bellagio 9790 NFC phones. The reason RIM felt the need to announce the upcoming NFC phones we have known about for sometime is to give some details to devs about the screen resolutions.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 12th, 2011 at 4:04 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Isis plans service called PROXI to sell coupons, discounts, advertisements through an incentive awards program – NFC Rumors Exclusive
We have had a tip from inside Isis, that alludes to the fact that Isis is planning to set up a service under a different brand name “PROXI” to sell coupons, discounts, advertisements through an incentive awards program. After getting this tip, we did a little digging and found out that Isis’ umbrella company, JVL Ventures, LLC, registered the trademark back in February of last year and extended the trademark in July of this year. The trademark needs to be extended every six months until it is used. The filing for the PROXI trademark was filed under the sections of Advertising, Business & Retail Services with the United States Patents and Trademarks Office.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 10th, 2011 at 12:34 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Nokia 603 Symbian Belle NFC phone leaked
Images and specifications of the upcoming Nokia 603 Symbian Belle NFC phone have leaked. We now know before Symbian’s sad demise we will see at least another NFC phone hit the market. We also know the specifications of that phone thanks to information posted over at Symbian Tweet. The Nokia 603 NFC phone first hit the radar back at the end of August when it was seen winging its way through the FCC and then specifications were grabbed from a User Agent Header file. But until this last week, we hadn’t seen what the phone would actually look like.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 21st, 2011 at 1:06 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Will the iPhone 5 have NFC? We will know October 4th
Apple will hold a press conference / media event on October 4th to announce its iPhone 5, but will the magical device bear NFC capabilities? We may not know the answer to that question yet, but at least we now know when we will have an answer. Well, according to AllThingsD that is, and we have no reason to think they are wrong. This media event / frenzy will be the first one presented by Apple’s new CEO, Tim Cook, and the eyes of the world will not only be on the iPhone 5, but Cook himself will no doubt be scrutinized to see whether he can actually fill the gaping whole left by Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs is a hard act to follow and we wish Tim Cook luck. He’s going to need it with the iPhone 5 launch event.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 20th, 2011 at 1:32 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Rumor
LG LU6200 NFC phone to be LG’s hero NFC smartphone?
Haven’t heard of the LG U+, which is also known as the LG LU6200, NFC phone? Nor had we until a few days ago, but it is impressive to say the least. LG hasn’t really lived up to its smartphone prowess lately and the NFC phones that the company has announced have been geared more towards budget conscious consumers. Meanwhile, arch rival Samsung trots out hero phone after hero phone to the point it has started to threaten Apple in a big way. That could change very soon, in LG’s homeland Korea anyway. The team at Engadget came across a new NFC phone known as the LG LU6200 on the Korean website MovePlayer. If the LG LU6200 NFC phone shown on this little Korean website is half true, it will look as if Korea will soon have an LG LU6200 NFC wonder phone on its hands. Today more photos have been accidentally on purpose “leaked” which you can see below.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 19th, 2011 at 1:12 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Wax lyrical information leaker publishes NFC Samsung Nexus Prime details to Twitter in a poem
Will you get the NFC Nexus Prime? Is leaking the details a crime? We want to be sure, this guy is no bore, but without proof his poem’s not worth a dime.
Poetry is not dead when it comes to rumors, and last night saw the beginning of yet another poem that leaks information about the upcoming NFC Samsung Nexus Prime. The Samsung Nexus Prime is said to be the next Google Nexus hero phone that will debut with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Rumors have been rife about the NFC Samsung Nexus Prime all summer and we have even seen Samsung confirm the phone’s existence when it threatened someone who has potentially got a hold of an Android build for the new NFC wonder phone.
Late last night Twitter user @tfleming223 started to recite a poem of his or her own making that started to potentially reveal some details about the upcoming NFC Samsung Nexus Prime hero phone. However, @tfleming223 would only release information, or the next line when he got to a certain amount of followers. That’s a bit corny, but does ensure his message gets out to the masses. From what we can gather so far, the NFC Samsung Nexus Prime is due to be released on the 3rd of November and is likely to be a world phone at that. The accuracy of this poem is completely unknown but it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened and been absolutely correct. Hit the break for the poem so far.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 18th, 2011 at 7:17 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Sprint to launch more than 5 NFC smartphones by Q1 2012
NFC Rumors has exclusively learned that Sprint is set to launch at least 5 NFC smartphones by quarter one of 2012. Considering that Sprint is the launch partner for Google Wallet, we haven’t seen that many NFC smartphones hit the Now Network as yet. So far, we have a couple of BlackBerry NFC smartphones and the now legendary Google Nexus S to choose from. At this point, the Google Nexus S is the only one of Sprint’s NFC smartphones that will even accommodate Google Wallet. We think it is fair to say that Sprint has had a slower start with NFC smartphones than we would have perhaps imagined back in May. We were surprised when Sprint decided to not get the NFC version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. That’s okay because the pace is about to pick up according to or sources.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 13th, 2011 at 4:18 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Videos
BlackBerry Curve Touch 9380 NFC phone snapped in the wild again and coming to Telus very soon
We know we have shown you a photograph of the BlackBerry Curve Touch 9380 NFC phone before, but this time BGR managed to catch a few shots of the upcoming BlackBerry, which will join the 9350, 9360 and 9370 NFC phones in the BlackBerry Curve Touch line up of budget NFC phones. It seems that RIM is attempting to saturate the market with a plethora of phones that have a slight variation on each other. This may explain why they are getting not-so-hot sales results from the BlackBerry 7 OS devices.
With more Curves and Bolds than you can shake a stick at, we all just want to know where the QNX NFC phones are. If you are in the market for a small budget NFC phone that’s probably going to cost less than $100, we doubt it can hurt any to add another to the pile.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 13th, 2011 at 12:58 AM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor, Videos
BlackBerry Bold 9790 NFC phone photographed, could launch before the end of the year
The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is a smaller cousin to the 9900 and 9930 NFC phones, and until now we have known this phone as the Bellagio. They may not be the first shots we have seen, but BGR managed to get a few shots of the device today when they had the chance of some hands-on time with the BlackBerry Bold 9790 today.
Specifications of Blackberry Bold 9790 Bellagio NFC Phone
It is early days, and the rumored specifications are just that at the moment. However, specifications we are hearing about are subject to change but look a little something like this: The BlackBerry Bold 9790 Bellagio has a TFT Capacitive Touchscreen Display that’ll output at 320 x 480 pixels display resolution for your viewing pleasure, naturally she’ll run on Blackberry 7 OS and she is said to be quick.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 08th, 2011 at 4:13 PM Filed Under Latest News
Fall into NFC: Google adds five new markets to Google Offers
This is another post in our Fall into NFC articles that highlight the unprecedented amount of announcements and launches of NFC related products and services that are rumored to happen this autumn. Google has today unleashed another five cities in its Google Offers application that is part of the Google Wallet experience and at this time represents Google’s primary revenue generation engine for its Google Wallet. Google Wallet is due to be released any week now and is set to be the first NFC mobile wallet to be available in the United States. We also reported exclusively yesterday that Google has a major announcement to make regarding its Google Wallet that isn’t about NFC payments within the next couple of weeks. El Goog’s move into the nascent NFC mobile wallet space isn’t what you would call an easy one. Isis and joint ventures are blocking access to the Mountain View company and PayPal is suing them over information obtained from ex-PayPal employees that the internet payments giant classifies as trade secrets.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 07th, 2011 at 12:40 AM Filed Under Rumor
HTC Holiday Android NFC phone caught in the wild testing AT&T’s LTE network, it’s fast!
The HTC Holiday NFC phone seems to get caught out in public more than a teenage pop star. Today it was seen out in the field in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas testing the new AT&T LTE network. The image we have was sent to BGR and we have to say it is not the normal blurrycam photos we are used to seeing. The word on the street is that the HTC Holiday, or HTC Waikiki, which is another potential name for the device, could be AT&T’s inaugural LTE device that launches its LTE network later this year. From a network perspective, this image shows the HTC Holiday topping out at a crazy fast 29Mbps, which looks good for Ma’Bells network. Although, we have to remember it is an empty market at the moment that the testers have to themselves. Even based on that, it is faster than speeds we have seen on Verizon’s network. Let’s just hope that Light Squared and its even newer LTE network makes AT&T’s look slow with equipment that gets faster from deployment to deployment. The HTC Holiday / HTC Waikiki is an Android device that is rumored to be one of the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices along with the Verizon Droid Prime, which up until this point we have known as the Samsung Nexus Prime.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 05th, 2011 at 5:13 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Unannounced, previously unseen Nokia 801 Symbian Belle NFC phone shown in demo video at the IFA trade show
Some are a calling it the Nokia 801 NFC phone, others thinks it’s the Nokia N8-01. Whatever you want to call it, a video being shown at the IFA trade show in Berlin was showing off a 3D render of an NFC phone we haven’t seen before. A particularly svelte looking piece of NFC loving hardware at that, and with Nokia’s own brand of industrial design cues that would make Apple weep into their big pot of money.
We want to preface this post by letting you know this falls into the dubious rumor category at this point, but could be a real NFC phone we are yet to see come to fruition. No one can say that IFA hasn’t had its share of drama this year with the 7″ Samsung slate being pulled from the floor and now the sighting of what appears to be a previously unseen Nokia Symbian Belle NFC phone. The show has been akin to a tiara tantrum at a beauty pageant this year which we find most amusing, we have to say.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 02nd, 2011 at 1:30 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Could the Nokia 703 be the first NFC Windows Phone?
Nokia has promised that it will support NFC in all handsets from this point on which includes Windows Phone 7 smartphones. A spy shot of the Nokia 703 Windows Phone 7 (Mango) has surfaced with some specifications coming along for the ride. So, a new Nokia Windows Phone 7 phone should in theory be an NFC capable device. We are starting to get the idea that NFC will be well supported in Windows Phone 7 devices after seeing rumors circulating around the Samsung Omnia W suggest that it too will be an NFC Windows Phone 7 device.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 29th, 2011 at 6:11 PM Filed Under Featured, Latest News, Rumor
Samsung Droid Prime launching on Verizon Wireless exclusively in October
For months now we have been following the rumors about the Samsung Nexus Prime which is supposed to be Google’s next pure Android experience NFC smartphone that features Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. This last week, we reported that Verizon was passing on the legendary Samsung Galaxy S II and we are now starting to understand why. BGR, who first broke the Samsung Droid Prime story back in June and who has posted news about the device ever since, has reported that Verizon Wireless is launching the phone we have known as the Samsung Nexus Prime – and which we are now learning will be called the Samsung Droid Prime – in October. The information given is reported to be from a Verizon insider who suggested that “Verizon doesn’t think the Samsung GALAXY S II will be competitive with the iPhone 5 when it launches.” The source didn’t want to be named for obvious reasons, but this latest rumor makes sense in not only giving a real competitor to the iPhone 4S of iPhone 5, but also in staying in front of AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 26th, 2011 at 7:07 PM Filed Under Latest News
How to enable NFC on the Verizon BlackBerry Bold 9930 with leaked OS update
We reported a couple of weeks ago that Verizon was turning off NFC in its version of the BlackBerry Bold 9930. Most mobile network operators are, in fact, selling BlackBerry’s flagship device with NFC turned off at the software level so Verizon’s decision was no big surprise. However, we know our readers that wanted a BlackBerry Bold weren’t keen on the device having the NFC crippled by mobile network operators. We had a trusted source tell us that the near field communications experience wasn’t too great and the software wasn’t yet developed to support as many features as mobile network operators would have liked to have seen for a user’s first NFC experience. To cut a long story short, there are thousands of BlackBerry Bold 9930 NFC-enabled phones now in circulation that don’t have the ability to read tags or other associated capabilities.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 26th, 2011 at 4:09 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
HTC Holiday to be an Android NFC phone?
Will we see an HTC Holiday NFC phone for the holidays? Recent rumors suggesting HTC is readying a new superphone have been bouncing around for sometime. However, in an interesting twist International Business Times (IBT) posted an article yesterday claiming that it is aware of rumors that suggest that the HTC Holiday is an NFC phone. If the rumors are correct, this will mean we can add yet another Android NFC phone to the list of fall releases which starts to allow Google pull away from competitors with regards to NFC support. That said, both Nokia and BlackBerry certainly haven’t been devoid of spreading some NFC love, but their phones currently do not support NFC payments, where Android NFC phones are expected to. We had seen the photos of the HTC Holiday a while back and quite frankly, it didn’t catch our attention because of its lack of NFC capabilities, but this new rumored phone has our ears pricked and our gaze widened now.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 23rd, 2011 at 4:59 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Radio Shack getting ready to accept Google Wallet NFC payments
Doesn’t it seem like forever ago that Google Wallet was meant to be in our hands? Google said that they were only weeks away from launching their Google Wallet app that allows us consumers to pay for goods and services with our phones and it now appears that Radio Shack, who was announced as one of the Google Wallet launch partners has posted a page specifying that it will be ready to roll with NFC payments as from September 1st. Well, the leaked internal memo that Engadget got its hands on at least suggests that some Shacks will get the NFC payment upgrades by then at least.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 15th, 2011 at 3:02 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
BlackBerry Bold 9930 NFC phone hits Verizon for $250 avec 2 year contract
We knew that the BlackBerry Bold 9930 NFC phone was heading to Verizon Wireless after a video was mistakenly posted to Big Red’s site a couple of weeks ago, but now it’s available to order. The BlackBerry Bold 9930 NFC phone will set you back $250 on a two year contract or a cool $510 if you like to freewheel it. Rumor has it that although the BlackBerry Bold 9930 is up for grabs online, there is no official word when it will hit Verizon and partner retail stores. However, a rumor circulating suggests it could come as soon as August 25th, so around ten days to wait. We don’t know whether Verizon plans to block the NFC capabilities of the BlackBerry Bold 9930 as yet, but if it’s an NFC phone you are after, you may wish to check this before signing up and laying down two and a half Benjamins. What we can tell you though is that there is no word about the BlackBerry Bold 9930 being an NFC phone on Verizon’s site, so make of that what you will.
BlackBerry Bold 9930 specs
Having the 9900 as its stablemate, a lot of the BlackBerry Bold 9930 specifications are the same. We jotted down the notable ones after the break.