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Posted by Seth PlanckJanuary 20th, 2012 at 4:30 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Videos
Yale demos NFC door locks solutions at CES for Android, iOS and BB
We have reported on Yale and their NFC door locks before. However, we have now seen the locks in action and have far more details about how Yale (an ASSA ABLOY company) plans to bring their solutions to market. The Yale NFC door locks are an exciting prospect because they represent quality products for access control that are built for consumers. Yes, later this year we will be able to cost effectively buy NFC door locks for our homes, offices, and anywhere else we would like to secure and use access control facilities.
Posted by Seth PlanckJanuary 16th, 2012 at 11:53 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Videos
BlackBerry Tag deployed already in OS 7.1 update with NFC goodness all round
You have probably heard of BlackBerry Tag and its NFC capabilities. We popped over to the Blackberry booth at CES to see Blackberry Tag in action so we could see improvements made to the way the OS deals with NFC. Although we couldn’t see how the new 7.1 OS deals with NFC tags, which was a major issue when the NFC capable BlackBerry smartphones launched, we did see its beaming or sharing features in action. We must say that BlackBerry Tag worked flawlessly in the demo we received from Annu Dawar, who is a Product Manager for Research in Motion.
Posted by Seth PlanckNovember 18th, 2011 at 12:54 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
BlackBerry Tag demoed showing off NFC sharing capabilities
BlackBerry Tag is to RIM what Android Beam is to Google. BlackBerry devices started cropping up with NFC chips starting with the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 a couple of months ago. Since that point all BlackBerry devices that have been launched, with the exception of the newest Torch, have included support for NFC. The software that came along with those BlackBerry NFC phones wasn’t up to the job, as it only recognized a few NFC tag types and has given a generally poor user experience. We have to hand it to RIM for embracing NFC in its BlackBerry phones, but we wish they had refined the NFC tag reading ability more before they launched and marketed their devices as being NFC capable.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 18th, 2011 at 7:05 PM Filed Under Latest News
BBX and PlayBook OS 2.0 brings support for Android, could Google Wallet be included?
Does BBX and PlayBook OS 2 mean Google Wallet could run on BlackBerry devices? Today RIM announced its BBX mobile OS & PlayBook OS 2.0 Developer Beta that includes BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps. Firstly, let’s say that by supporting Android apps on BlackBerry devices, RIM may have just figured out how to make BlackBerry relevant again. BlackBerry devices lately all support NFC and we should expect that to continue with BBX devices. The BBX OS unifies the BlackBerry phone OS and the BlackBerry tablet for the first time.
“With nearly 5 million BlackBerry apps downloaded daily, our customers have made BlackBerry one of the most profitable platforms for developers,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. “At DevCon today, we’re giving developers the tools they need to build richer applications and we’re providing direction on how to best develop their smartphone and tablet apps as the BlackBerry and QNX platforms converge into our next generation BBX platform.”
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 10th, 2011 at 11:27 AM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
BlackBerry NFC may have been fixed as RIM announces that BlackBerry Tag coming
Research in Motion has announced that BlackBerry Tag, an app for NFC tap-to-share functionalities. It is going to be released in an upcoming OS 7 update. BlackBerry Tag takes advantage of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology included in the recently launched BlackBerry Bold 9900 & 9930 and the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 smartphones. BlackBerry NFC phones that support BlackBerry Tag will soon have the ability to allow users to share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia.
Until now, NFC has been turned off in BlackBerry phones at the mobile network operator level in many parts of the world. Even with today’s announcement RIM adds that BlackBerry Tag is subject to network operator certifications. The firm also says that users should check with their local operator for availability. That may appear to be a simple statement, but as ever there is a story behind the story, and we exclusively have the skinny, so keep reading.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 28th, 2011 at 12:59 AM Filed Under Rumor
An end may be in sight for BlackBerry users with NFC issues with an added bonus to come, exclusive NFC phone rumors
We have covered the problems with BlackBerry NFC phones probably more than any other site on the web. Of course, what has helped is that we have had multiple sources close to the situation that have given us exclusive information on the subject. If you have followed the news lately, you will already know that RIM hasn’t had an easy ride of things with declining demand for their products and sales plummeting in every market. But within dismal results RIM has forged relationships with HID, Isis and have arguably been every bit as active as Nokia in the realm of NFC. RIM is rumored to be readying their QNX operating system that will update BlackBerry phones so they can be competitive again, and we at NFC Rumors would like to see BlackBerry do well. That said, NFC has been the problem that BlackBerry just hasn’t been able to get to grips with, and today we have more exclusive information for you.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 21st, 2011 at 5:35 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Press Release
T-Mobile will hock you a BlackBerry Curve 9360 for $79 September 28th
We have seen the BlackBerry Curve 9360 NFC phone before. Back then it was known as the BlackBerry Curve Apollo. Now the NFC phone has a carrier buddy in T-Mobile, which means you can get one for the affordable price of $79 after a $50 mail in rebate. Remember the BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes sans a touch screen so don’t get your heart broken if that’s what you wanted. However, the little BlackBerry Curve 9360 does have quite a lot going for it as you can see below in the specifications.
In the technical sense the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is an NFC phone, but don’t be surprised if when you get your new NFC pocket mate the NFC is switched off at the software level. We exclusively revealed that RIM has not fully built out and worked out the bugs in their NFC drivers as yet, but you will at least have a phone that will be NFC capable at some time in the future. If you look below in the press release, you will see no word on the NFC capabilities that the phone was originally marketed with. We have been assured by people close to the situation that the NFC chip is still there, just waiting to be woken up with a software update.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 17th, 2011 at 3:39 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
NFC development problems NXP/ Microsoft/RIM [Exclusive]
Whispers have been getting louder all week about NXP Semiconductors, Microsoft and RIM. NFC is getting more pervasive and so are the rumors that echo around the halls of NFC Rumors HQ. There are whispers in corridors, the water cooler attracts a crowd and everything goes quiet if you enter a room. NXP, Microsoft and RIM have some issues on their hands and we have heard about them from some pretty direct sources. We have been sitting on these revelations for a few days because alone we didn’t feel they were strong enough for a post, but together they start to paint a picture of just how nascent NFC is and how uncooperative it is acting with major software and hardware giants.
We called the problems BlackBerry was having with NFC over a month ago, we speculated that a major OS company would make an announcement that it was supporting NFC, but we didn’t hear about NXP until this last week. Want to know more? Of course you do, that’s why you clicked on this post.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 15th, 2011 at 1:09 AM Filed Under Latest News
HID Global partners with BlackBerry, NFC smartphones now open doors
We have covered a lot of BlackBerry NFC phone news here at NFC Rumors, but very little of it has had a practical use in the real world until today – HID Global and Research in Motion announced they have partnered to enable HID’s iCLASS digital key system on BlackBerry NFC smartphones.
“This industry first is an important milestone in the deployment of mobile access and identity solutions using NFC technology on smartphones,” said Dr. Tam Hulusi, Senior Vice President with HID Global. “We will continue to innovate in the delivery of secure identity, as NFC-enabled smartphones represent a complementary new platform that we believe will expand the access control market and our online card services business while improving user security and convenience.”
“NFC technology will enable many new and exciting capabilities for BlackBerry smartphones and we are very pleased to be working with HID Global to be the first to bring a host of secure identity and mobile access control capabilities to NFC-enabled smartphones,” said Andrew Bocking, Vice President of Handheld Software Product Management at RIM.
It was only yesterday we reported about the HID Global pilot program that has been running at Arizona State University. In that pilot, the company had enabled NFC smartphones to act as NFC keys for user access in certain University areas on campus. With the BlackBerry announcement, HID Global will be able to activate any access control system that uses the company’s iCLASS SIO.
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 02nd, 2011 at 8:03 PM Filed Under Latest News
T-Mobile USA finally launches BlackBerry Bold 9900 no NFC mentioned, don’t look behind the curtain
We knew the BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC phone was coming to T-Mobile in the States and it sure took its time in doing so. But as from yesterday the Research in Motion flagship has been available for the sum of $299 after a $50 mail-in rebate (ouch). The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is arguably the highest quality phone that RIM has launched and for us one of the top features is the inclusion of NFC into the mix. However, if you take a gander at T-Mobile’s site you will find nary a word about NFC in the description of the BlackBerry Bold 9900.
BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC switched off?
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 31st, 2011 at 1:29 AM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
Canadian BlackBerry owners will get NFC payments app thanks to Payfirma
NFC payments will hit Canada for BlackBerry owners in the form of the Payfirma NFC Mobile Payment app that will allow Canadians to accept payments right on their phones using a Square type app. The company has just launched its non-NFC version and has committed to launching the near field communications payments version next.
It looks like the NFC capabilities of recent BlackBerry NFC smartphones is going to be put to good use in Canada thanks to Payfirma and its upcoming BlackBerry NFC Mobile Payment app. It was a month ago that Payfirma launched their iPhone app and now they are back with a Mobile Payments app for BlackBerry phones that have recently been released. BlackBerry phones that support NFC include the BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Bold 9930, all three new variations of the BlackBerry Curve, and the rumored Bellagio is also reputed to include some NFC goodness. The next iteration of Payfirma’s Mobile Payment app is promised to have NFC Payments built straight in.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 28th, 2011 at 9:10 PM Filed Under Latest News, NFC Deals
Want a Verizon NFC smart phone $50 cheaper?
Ok, well we embellished the title a little because LetsTalk.com are taking $50 off their normally advertised prices for all Verizon Smartphones until the 31st of August. We first saw this on BGR and thought our readers may want to take this offer up. The company has said it will be selling the BlackBerry Bold 9930 on August 31st and that means you can get a sweet NFC smartphone cheaper than going directly to a Verizon store if that is your penchant. If you have read our posts from yesterday, you will know that we reported that CrackBerry had found a way to re-enable the NFC in the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and with LetsTalk pricing being cost effective, as it is another $50, off isn’t going to hurt any.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 25th, 2011 at 10:10 AM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
BlackBerry QNX phones are going to support Android apps, so could we see Google Wallet capable BlackBerry’s this next year?
BlackBerry phones haven’t had an easy year as market share has diminished month after month succumbing to the might of Android and more modern mobile OS’s. We have known for sometime that RIM is building a new mobile OS, dubbed QNX, as we speak. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that QNX is going to be able to run Android apps. Although Bloomberg broke this story yesterday, we have to say we have seen BGR tackle this topic in the past also, specifically referred to the BlackBerry Playbook gaining the same ability. In a “can’t beat them so join them” tactical approach, RIM may have found a way to keep the Blackberry relevant. The question we are left with is will QNX NFC-enabled BlackBerry devices be able to utilize Google Wallet for NFC payments?
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 13th, 2011 at 2:04 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
AT&T and Vodafone blocking NFC on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 according to a rumor that’s circulating
If you are buying a BlackBerry Bold 9900 for its NFC prowess, beware. A pretty solid rumor has been circulating that AT&T plans to block NFC at the software level, so if that’s the feature you wanted, at this time the BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC phone is a fail. Vodafone has already stated that it wouldn’t be supporting NFC in its BlackBerry Bold 9900 to begin with either. However, we have to ask – what is there to support? The phone already has the capability built straight in, on many occasions NFC doesn’t use any data to read or write a tag, or even to share a contact. If you purchase and own an NFC phone, we wonder what right the network thinks it has to shut off features. It just doesn’t make sense, or does it?
Q: Why would AT&T and Vodafone block NFC at the software level for the BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC phone? A: Control.
AT&T in particular have blocked features before, and have released them later on their timeline. We saw it with Bluetooth file sharing and we saw it with BlackBerry Bridge. Unfortunately, RIM hands this ability to mobile network operators on a platter allowing them to give and take features as they see fit, even if those features do not effect data usage. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the latest example of a mobile network operator cutting features because the features in question are not convenient for the MNO, which has a service that uses that feature coming to market next year.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 12th, 2011 at 6:13 PM Filed Under Latest News
Vodafone dishes out UK NFC goodness with the BlackBerry Bold 9900
Vodafone UK have started to sell the BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC phone bringing Brits more choice in NFC handsets as from today, and can be had for the bargain price of free on contract
Yes, you saw that correctly – the long awaited BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC phone hits Vodafone UK today. Vodafone has become Britain’s first mobile network operator to offer RIM’s flagship handset and it’s available for free as long as your strap yourself to a £41 per month ball and chain contract. That particular plan gets you 1,200 minutes of talk time, which very few people will use, and 500MB of data, so don’t use it for YouTube too often or they’ll have you for overage charges.
However, if you don’t like that Vodafone contract, you can always head over to Amazon UK and pick up a BlackBerry Bold 9900 NFC phone for around £519.99 or $846.75 (ouch) and get whatever plan you like. However, the Amazon BlackBerry Bold 9900 is not going to be heading out in the post until August 25th and you’ll probably have to pop down to either the Halifax for small loan, or that guy you met in a pub that routinely harasses your mates because they went to a loan shark also so they could have a new phone off contract.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 02nd, 2011 at 1:45 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
BlackBerry Torch 9850 NFC phone aka Monaco Photo and Sprint Release Date
BlackBerry Torch 9850 NFC phone heading to Sprint August 21st. It’s not as if we haven’t seen the BlackBerry Torch 9850 NFC phone, which is also known as the Monaco, before but today we see a press shot of the phone sporting Sprint colors and get a more iron clad release date. If you are seeing this NFC phone for the first time, know that the BlackBerry Torch 9850 is the CDMA version of the upcoming 9860 (known as the Monza) which is its GSM counterpart. This phone has churned a few times around the rumor mill, but those rumors have been getting louder and today we see a “leaked” render of the phone donning a Sprint screen in readiness for launch. That launch is now highly rumored and agreed upon to happen on August 21st. In short order after that release, we expect to see the phone make an appearance on US Cellular also.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 26th, 2011 at 2:39 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor, Videos
BlackBerry Bold 9930 NFC phone shown off early thanks to Verizon mistake
If you have been waiting for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 NFC phone to hit Verizon Wireless, your wait could nearly be over. Thanks to an oversight on Verizon’s part, the company posted a features video of the 9930 in a place that should have contained the features video for the BlackBerry 9650. Unfortunately for Verizon, when you are dealing with a massive website error with media are bound to happen, and the best you can hope for is that not too many people notice. This time Verizon weren’t lucky and a sharp eyed viewer over at CrackBerry’s forum was on it like white on rice. The fact that Verizon Wireless is readying videos for the BlackBerry Bold 9930 show us that a launch is imminent and also sheds a little more light on some of RIM’s flagship phone’s capabilities. Just last week, we saw the BlackBerry 9930 come through the FCC and launch dates have been announced for the UK and Canada, but as yet nothing is official in the US. Perhaps that is set to change in the next week or so for the anticipated NFC phone.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 23rd, 2011 at 5:44 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor, Videos
BlackBerry Bold Bellagio 9790 NFC phone video tutorial leaked [videos]
The BlackBerry Bold Bellagio 9790 NFC phone has been rumored since May, although very little details have emerged. Unproved videos on YouTube are now cropping up showing tutorials on how to use the device. BlackBerry said they were releasing seven smartphones in the near future, but the BlackBerry Bold Bellagio 9790 is yet another iteration of the other two BlackBerry Bolds that are yet to be released – does that count as another smartphone?
BlackBerry Bold Bellagio 9790 NFC phone Aesthetics
We have to say the quality at least looks second to none. The BlackBerry Bold Bellagio 9790 NFC phone shares its form factor with the 9700 and 9780 predecessors but looks as if it has slightly rounder edges. The big difference is the addition of the touchscreen which will no doubt please CrackBerry fans globally. What strikes us about the aesthetics of the BlackBerry Bold Bellagio 9790 is that it really doesn’t differ or make a statement above and beyond what came before it. When you consider that RIM isn’t doing so great at selling these devices, it makes us remember the old saying ” the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” The specifications look great, but it still looks a little dated even considering how thin the device is reputed to be.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 07th, 2011 at 9:57 PM Filed Under Latest News
Bell Canada to launch Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone in late August
Bell Canada is getting ready to launch the NFC Blackberry Bold 9900 flagship phone at the end of August, according to a leaked ad. Just a few days after learning that the Blackberry Bold 9900 would launch in the UK on September 15th, thanks to Amazon UK, we find out RIM will be bringing the 9900 series NFC goodness to its homeland first thanks to Bell. Ad below, click to enlarge.
Bell Canada, Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone and more within the next couple of months
Bell Canada may be getting the Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone, but it’s not the only desirable phone the network will be carrying. Let’s face it – Bell Canada hasn’t always been known for its bleeding edge selection of phones, but that could change over the next few months. The Blackberry Bold 9900 will be joined by some of its brethren in the form of the BB Curve 9360(September), the Torch 9860 (late August) and the Torch 9810 (late August). The network has also just launched the HTC Sensation, and as we reported this last week, July 14th is the date that the Samsung Galaxy S II superphone will be released.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 06th, 2011 at 12:44 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
NFC Phones roundup
It has been an active few weeks of NFC Phones announced with even more rumors, and it is easy to forget what NFC smartphones we may actually have coming our way. Just a little over a month ago, the only NFC Phones that were actually for sale were the Google Nexus S in the US and the Samsung Tocco in the UK. Since then, we have seen the Nokia C7 / Astound released and we also learned it doesn’t have a secure element. So let’s look at the 14 NFC Phones that are available or could come our way in the not so distant future.
NFC Phones available today
The pickings are still slim for NFC phones that are available today, but the list is growing.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 05th, 2011 at 5:22 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone to launch on September 15th in UK
The wait for the RIM Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone may have an end in sight for people in the UK, as it gets a potential launch date of September 15th. The release date of the new Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone has been an on again, off again affair. The phone was initially rumored to launch in “the summer” and was then said to be put back until the fall. The Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone is set to be RIM’s flagship model and comes laden with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual core processor and a 2.8 inch capacitive touch screen and a 5 megapixel camera. It has 8GB of memory on board and is expandable via its microSD slot. People on CDMA networks get the 9900′s cousin the 9930 to play with, both models feature the exact same specifications aside from the GSM or CDMA radios.
Pre-order the Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone today for September 15th delivery
Amazon UK has added a pre-order option for the Blackberry Bold 9900 NFC phone with a delivery date set for September 15th and describes the phone as being “made of high-quality brushed stainless steel, with sculpted surfaces and refined touches, it’s got the looks to match its power.” We have checked for U.S. dates to no avail, but there should be an announcement soon and we will of course keep you updated.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 17th, 2011 at 11:43 AM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
Blackberry Bold 9900 Series coming to Three UK in August
Three days ago we reported that we had learned that the Research in Motion Blackberry Bold 9900 Series would be launching soon. Rumors quickly started circulating the very next day that there would be no Blackberry Bold until September. However, today we find out that Three UK has put up a coming soon page which probably indicates an August launch of the NFC-enabled Blackberry Bold.
The Blackberry Bold NFC phone is no brown bagger and will ship with a 1.2GHz processor
Blackberry Bold pricing still unknown
We have no idea on pricing yet or whether we can expect to see its sister phone, the CDMA 9930, here in the States around the same time. What we do know is the Blackberry Bold is still readying for launch and looks set to be a new favorite for the business buyers.
Posted by Seth PlanckJune 13th, 2011 at 12:57 PM Filed Under Latest News
NFC BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930 Close to launch
RIM unveiled its NFC-enabled BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930 early last month stating the phones were due to be released sometime this summer. Well, it’s summer and we are ready for some NFC goodness! Only yesterday we were commenting on the lack of released NFC Phones and how the projected numbers of sales seemed a little high for this year. We are sure the BlackBerry 9900 and 9930 plans to sell through a few units and as far as we know it will be the second NFC Phone in the marketplace for the United States, which is expected to account for half of all NFC-enabled phones sold for the next few years. The only difference between the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930 is that the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 features CDMA support.
What we know the NFC BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930
We know pretty much everything about the raw specifications that the NFC-enabled BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930 will tote:
It has a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 640×480.
1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor.
8GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD card slot.
Qwerty Keyboard with an optical trackpad.
HSDPA and HSUPA support.
WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR.
A 5 megapixel shooter around back with an LED flash that supports 720p video recording.
Near Field Communications (NFC) support.