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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 PlanckAugust 31st, 2011 at 2:46 PM Filed Under Latest News
Juniper Research has published its next report in the Smartphone Evolution Strategies series and has found that consumers want sub $399 smartphone and features like NFC and biometrics
It’s no surprise that Samsung has launched two low cost NFC phones this week, or that Nokia launched three budget NFC phones last week, or even that BlackBerry added yet another low cost NFC phone to their portfolio of smartphone products early last week. According to Juniper Research, global shipments of smartphones are highest in the $151- $399 price range globally. These are unsubsidized prices direct from manufacturers and have seen a massive bump in market representation in the last year.
However, Juniper Research predicts that by 2016 the $151 – $399 price range will take the lion’s share of a 1 billion unit per annum smartphone market. That said, Juniper sees that the most intense competition within the smartphone category exists at the top echelons of devices that cost above $400. This leads the research company to state that the biggest opportunity for OEMs lays in the under $150 zone of smartphones from n0w through to 2016. But price isn’t everything as an increasingly savvy consumer asks for features like NFC, biometrics and 3D on smartphones.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 26th, 2011 at 10:10 PM Filed Under Latest News
More NFC phones are set to join the Huawei Sonic / T20 on Turkcell as NFC rollout expands in Turkey
Turkish Mobile Network operator Turkcell is aiming to add more carrier branded NFC phones to its portfolio as it expands its NFC mobile wallet services beyond payments and heads off stiff competition as it expands its rollout of Cep-T Cüzdan.
It was just this last week that Turkcell announced the launch of the first of its NFC phones, T20 / Huawei Sonic and its Cep-T Cüzdan NFC mobile wallet. More details are already emerging that show that Turkey’s largest MNO is looking to expand its offerings in terms of NFC phones and NFC applications with ambitions that transcend payments. Turkcell commissioned Huawei, the Chinese cell phone maker, to build the Huawei Sonic NFC phone which it rebranded as the T20 and used to launch the Cep-T Cüzdan NFC mobile wallet in collaboration with two large Turkish banks, Yapi Kredi and Garanti Bank, and MasterCard. The Huawei Sonic U8650NFC / Turkcell T20 is currently being sold in approximately 1000 stores in Turkey.
Turkcell makes use of the MasterCard Worldwide PayPass applications on SIM cards to provide its Cep-T Cüzdan platform, and uses the T20 / Huawei Sonic for its NFC phone. The T20 / Huawei Sonic is based on Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 and has an inbuilt NFC chip and antenna that makes NFC payments possible. Turkcell also acts as the TSM (trusted service manager) for its Cep-T Cüzdan platform with help from Smartsoft, which is a Turkish based smart card company, and pushes secure applications and payment credentials to consumers’ NFC phones. All that’s required for the recipe to be complete then is payment applications from the banks.