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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 PlanckOctober 18th, 2011 at 9:49 AM Filed Under Events, Latest News
NFC enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus image surfaces ahead of todays Ice Cream Sandwich event
Need an NFC enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus pick me up? As you will know at 9.30pm EST this evening we will get our first glimpses of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus / Samsung Nexus Prime. However this morning NTT DoCoMo jumped the gun a little and said that they will be one of the first MNOs to have and sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus / Samsung Nexus Prime. Shortly after that statement an image “leaked” showing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus / Samsung Nexus Prime NFC phone in all of its glory which pocketnow received.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 15th, 2011 at 8:44 PM Filed Under Latest News
U.S. Cellular launches BlackBerry Curve 9350 NFC phone for free on contract with a new activation after a $100 rebate
U.S. Cellular are launching the BlackBerry Curve 9350 NFC phone for as little as free after a $100 mail-in rebate for new activations on contract that also purchase a data plan until November 20th. For U.S. Cellular customers who already have an account, the Blackberry Curve 9350 can be had for $49.99 after a mail-in rebate. The BlackBerry Curve 9350 NFC phone is available and can be purchased online or in-store now.
The U.S. Cellular BlackBerry Curve 9350 is an NFC phone, but…
There is no mention of NFC in the U.S. Cellular press release that announces the BlackBerry Curve 9350 on their network. This isn’t too surprising as NFC won’t be fully useful until RIM releases an upcoming update which will fix some issues that BlackBerry devices have had with NFC. The update is also said to enable the Secure Element that will allow NFC payments to be conducted. Since smaller regional carriers like U.S. Cellular are not part of Isis, they should allow open NFC traffic over their networks, which is a great reason to support regional MNOs.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 15th, 2011 at 3:56 PM Filed Under Events, Latest News, Rumor, Videos
Motorola counts down to Motorola Spyder event but is it NFC?
Ice Cream Sandwich season is upon us and with it comes NFC smartphone announcements by the bucket load, and we are now wondering if the rumored Motorola Spyder / Droid HD / Motorola Razr HD or whatever it is called will be joining the NFC wunderphone ranks this week. Motorola has now placed a countdown timer on its page to the Motorola launch event that we presume will announce the Motorola Spyder. Interestingly that timer runs out just 7 hours before the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Ice Cream Sandwich is due to start over in Hong Kong, which again shows a concerted effort for announcements to come back to back and an NFC Ice Cream Sandwich phone from Motorola would enable a one-two punch to hit sales of the ever popular iPhone.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 15th, 2011 at 12:54 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE NFC phone to hits the States?
A welcome surprise just came about as the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE NFC phone through the FCC. This version of the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE is a GSM phone, so we can pretty much guarantee that if it’s US bound it is heading to AT&T for their newly launched LTE network. Most of the details on the FCC label are unfortunately in Korean so we can’t grab too many details about this NFC phone. However, if NFC is onboard like it is with its Korean cousin, we then have the issue of AT&T disabling it at the software level as they did with the normal Samsung Galaxy S II.
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 13th, 2011 at 12:51 PM Filed Under Latest News
Nokia 603 Symbian Belle NFC phone gets official
Nokia has officially unleashed the Nokia 603 Symbian Belle NFC phone. Last week we reported the rumored specifications and images, but Nokia has now unveiled the Nokia 603 which is coming in at a very affordable price point of around $274 or 200 Euro. Nokia are once again focusing on NFC capabilities built straight into the Nokia 603. Nokia said in its press release that “The Nokia 603 is designed to appeal to first time smartphone users and those upgrading from older products, particularly existing users of Nokia smartphones who will welcome a device that offers all the latest technology and features in a package that is still uniquely Nokia.”
“The Nokia 603 continues the renewal of our smartphone range with products that are uniquely matched to the needs of people around the world,” said Tuula Rytila, Senior Vice President of Nokia. “Whatever the price-point, our aim is to ensure all Nokia smartphones are crafted for use, have Nokia’s trusted quality, are better connected, and contain unexpected surprises like the ability to tap to pair and share with NFC.”
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 10th, 2011 at 6:47 PM Filed Under Latest News
Samsung Galaxy S III specs leak NFC onboard
It had to happen and now it has – we have had our first peek at the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone and the good news is that it will have NFC onboard from the get go. An anonymous tipster send the golden photograph over to the Phandroid team that supposedly shows a photograph of a presentation screen showing the Samsung Galaxy S III specifications and a few small images of the next iteration of this legendary family of phones. That image was supposedly shown to mobile network operators and large retail buyers. Before we all get too excited about this photograph, we should remember that this photograph was anonymously sent and has not been ratified in anyway. In fact, there are spelling mistakes all over the slide which may suggest it is not authentic. But without being able to confirm or deny this we suggest you take it with a pinch of salt until further details emerge. Okay, that’s the disclaimer and now feel free to get excited and imagine the Samsung Galaxy S III adorning your pocket. So, what are the Samsung Galaxy S III NFC phone specifications that have been leaked?
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 06th, 2011 at 11:44 AM Filed Under Latest News
Samsung Galaxy Nexus “Nexus Prime” NFC phone specs outed
We finally have the near full specs for the NFC Nexus Prime, or what we have now learned is to be called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and they are a little lower than we would have liked, but still very impressive. BGR got this scoop this morning and now we finally have a near complete picture of what we should expect from the latest and greatest pure Google experience NFC phone. The great news is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have a 4.5-inch display; it is actually going to ship with a colossal 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass. We saw the teaser the other day that suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would have a curved glass screen, but we certainly didn’t know it would stretch our an extra 0.15 inches which puts it in a class leader position.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 26th, 2011 at 5:31 PM Filed Under Latest News
NFC capable Samsung Galaxy S II gets a price and date on T-Mobile USA
If you have been waiting for the NFC-capable Samsung Galaxy S II to hit the pink provider known only as T-Mobile USA, your wait could soon be over. Today the carrier announced a launch date and pricing for the long-time anticipated superphone. Expect to see the T-Mobile variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II hit the carrier’s website on the 10th of October where you can pick one up for $229.99 after $50 mail-in-rebate, which by our highly sophisticated calculations means you should be ready to part with $279.99. That’s practically day light robbery.
Samsung Galaxy S II T-Mobile variant NFC phone specifications
What the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S II has on other variants is that lovely 4.5-inch display and the 1.5GHz dual-core processor. We have known the specifications for the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S II for a while, but if you need a refresh see them again after the break.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 26th, 2011 at 4:39 PM Filed Under Latest News
HTC Amaze to hit T-Mobile USA with NFC support October 10th
The NFC phone news just keeps on trucking today as T-Mobile announce the HTC Amaze that’s loving some NFC goodness. We have known that the HTC Amaze has been rumored for some time, but we didn’t know if it would come adorned with onboard NFC until today. So far, we have only known the HTC Amaze by its code name “Ruby”. Today, we also learned that the NFC phone will bring its love to town thanks to T-Mobile USA.
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 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 16th, 2011 at 2:49 PM Filed Under Latest News
Acer launches Liquid Express NFC phone, pledges allegiance to NFC
The days of being geeks with a penchant for an obscure communications protocol are far behind us, and even Acer is now getting in on the act by launching the Android Liquid Express NFC phone in Europe. Yes, we can now add Acer to the growing list of companies who intend to launch an NFC phone. The Acer Liquid Express will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread to deliver its NFC love to consumers. Acer recently had a shake up in its top brass and have committed to the industrial design and aesthetically pleasing standards of Apple. The introduction of an Acer NFC phone over in Europe will only further fuel the NFC adoption that is currently taking place in countries like the UK and France all over the continent.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 12th, 2011 at 4:34 PM Filed Under Latest News, Videos
Samsung Wave 578 hitting Orange UK with NFC payments, “coming soon page” fills in the blanks
Well, it’s only been waiting to shine in the light since February this year, but finally we are seeing signs of the Samsung Wave 578 NFC phone actually coming to market soon with NFC payments tagging along for the ride. The UK has bared the Samsung Tocco Lite for long enough and now is ready for a slight upgrade on their budget NFC phone choices. Orange UK has now slung up a “coming soon” page that shows off some of the specifications of the Samsung Wave 578, which now joins the growing posse of Wave NFC phones that are all sporting Bada 2.0. However, unlike its brethren, the Samsung Wave 578 will be a fully capable NFC payments phone which may give us a clue that Orange is getting ready to get into the NFC mobile wallet business in earnest by supporting another Barclaycard “Quick Tap” NFC phone.
“We are spearheading the third biggest revolution in the mobile arena, after mobile voice services and the explosion in mobile data. Mobile contactless services will change people’s daily lives. We’re very pleased that partners like Samsung are helping us to accelerate these plans.” Anne Bouverot, Executive Vice President of Orange’s Mobile Services, said at the device’s launch party.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 11th, 2011 at 8:29 PM Filed Under Latest News, NFC Deals, Videos
Nokia 700 NFC phone unlocked and SIM free hits UK for £279.95
You will probably be able to get the Nokia 700 NFC phone for free with a ball and chain contract. If you’re not the sort of person who likes to be strapped to a contract dished out by your phone provider, you can get the Nokia 700 NFC phone unlocked, unleashed and SIM free for £279.95 from Mobile Fun.
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 09th, 2011 at 1:34 PM Filed Under Latest News
The BlackBerry Curve 9350 NFC phone launch has been delayed after it was originally due to be released today
Sprint will not be launching the BlackBerry Curve 9350 NFC phone today as originally scheduled and announced. A Sprint representative told Engadget that the BlackBerry Curve 9350 NFC phone would not arrive until next month. Phone Arena, where the story initially broke, received an anonymous tip which suggested that the little Curve would in fact make an appearance on the Now Network on October 2nd. So, if you have been holding out for a super cheap NFC phone, it looks like you’re going to be waiting a little longer.
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 02nd, 2011 at 12:58 AM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Press Release, Videos
Nokia N9 NFC phone launching in Australia on three mobile networks this October
Australia is going to get the Nokia N9 NFC phone next month (October) on three – count them, three – mobile network operators. Optus, Telsta and Vodafone have all signed up to bring another NFC phone down under. The Nokia N9 was denied the option of heading to the States, the UK and Germany but Australia has got lucky and will receive its Nokia N9 slabs of MeeGo goodness next month and Nokia has even put up a page to let you sign up to find out the exact date it will be in your area. The old Nokia is in its death throws before it shuts up shop and reopens as a Windows Phone only house, but the gang from Espoo want to go out with a bang and the Nokia N9 definitely qualifies in that arena of quirky coolness.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 30th, 2011 at 12:17 AM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release, Videos
Fujitsu F-09c, F-10C, F-11C waterproof NFC phones with AuthenTec biometric fingerprint sensors hits NTT DoCoMo Japan with a 16.3-megapixel camera
Fujitsu, in partnership with AuthenTec, have released a trio of new NFC phones: the F-09c, F-10C and F-11C. The bevy of NFC phone goodness comes with AuthenTec biometric fingerprint sensors and have debuted on DoCoMo Japan. However, we have seen documentation that suggests that the NFC phones are also heading to Europe after they passed through the European version of the FCC. No word as yet as to whether we could see these NFC phones Stateside, but we do know that the phones include AuthenTec’s AES1750 smart sensor for multiple touch-powered features, including one-touch security and personalization.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 23rd, 2011 at 9:45 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Videos
Pick up the BlackBerry Curve 9350 NFC phone on Sprint for just $79.99
RIM trotted out some new NFC phones today, one being the BlackBerry Curve 9350. We already knew most of the specifications on this phone but it’s always nice when it gets official. We’ll get to the specs in a few, but wanted to let you know that the BlackBerry Curve 9350 NFC phone already has a home on Sprint and will be available on Friday, September 9th for a rather affordable $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. As smartphones go, the BlackBerry Curve 9350 isn’t going to attract those who want bleeding edge specifications and probably sits in the middle of the market. We were struck by how similar the hardware specifications are between the BlackBerry Curve 9350 and the Huawei Sonic are, aside from one being GSM and one being CDMA that is. The BlackBerry Curve 9350 has siblings that work with other networks but we will get to them in another post.
BlackBerry Curve 9350 NFC phone specifications
Other BlackBerry NFC phones have shipped with NFC turned off. The BlackBerry Curve 9350 on Sprint, however, is a functioning NFC phone.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 22nd, 2011 at 10:05 PM Filed Under Latest News
Blackberry Bold 9930 NFC phone hits Sprint for $199, no NFC mentioned in specifications
Sprint today set the BlackBerry Bold 9930 NFC phone to live and even downed the price $50 on what they previously had said they would charge. So, as of today the CDMA version of the Bold 9900 will set you back only $199, although on the Sprint website it does say that the price is only good until September 8th. Just like every other MNO we see there is no word of the NFC feature. We have no official word at the moment that Sprint has blocked the NFC feature on the BlackBerry Bold 9930 at the software level, but it is appearing increasingly likely. Last week, we exclusively reported that the NFC experience on all BlackBerry devices that feature NFC was so bad that MNOs have decided to switch the feature off until RIM does something about it.
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 06th, 2011 at 12:45 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor, Videos
LG Optimus Net with NFC head to T-Mobile USA?
LG announced its LG Optimus Net on the 15th of July with the promise that some versions of the phone would be NFC capable devices in certain markets. However, which markets would get the NFC version were not disclosed and the way the press release read suggested that it may only be Europe that initially received some NFC goodness from LG, which is a little odd when you consider that NFC is taking off all around the world and LG hasn’t really got a large portfolio of NFC phones. The way the press release read was very cryptic as to where and when we would see the NFC version of the LG Optimus Net. We have included the press release below for you to take a look at. However, the rumor mill has been peddling rumors in the last few days that T-Mobile USA may have committed to taking on the P690 LG Optimus Net NFC version on to the pink network, and we could see it in just a few short weeks.
LG Optimus Net NFC phone specifications
Specifications for the LG Optimus Net NFC phone are a little light on the ground at the moment, but we will give you what we have. The LG Optimus Net is a phone aimed with social networking in mind. It runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) so it will be able to handle most things you chuck at it.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 05th, 2011 at 9:13 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Videos
Nokia N9 NFC phone release date counting down for September 23rd debut
Well it’s official, the beauty known as the MeeGo touting Nokia N9 NFC phone is counting down to a September 23rd release. The countdown clock for the Nokia N9 NFC phone has been started on the Swedish Nokia website, suggesting that the launch will happen at 10 AM. At this time, we have no information to suggest that this launch will be the same for any other markets. However, speculation around the blogosphere assumes that Nokia will want to get the NFC phone out into the wild before Nokia World in late October which is set to exclusively feature Windows Phone 7 devices. If that theory holds true, we may also see some of Nokia’s other NFC phones join the party in short order.