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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 14th, 2011 at 12:21 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Verizon holds up Samsung Nexus Prime because of Google Wallet
Last week Google and Samsung jointly announced that they were canceling their “unpacked event” that was set to unveil the NFC-capable Samsung Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich. Rumors swirled around that the reason was a patent dispute, but our sources close to the matter are telling us a different story, which to us makes a lot more sense. As you will have gathered from the title, the issue is in fact with Verizon. Can you guess what it is?
Posted by Seth PlanckOctober 03rd, 2011 at 8:20 PM Filed Under Latest News
Want Google Wallet on the non 4G Nexus S? XDA Developers cracked it
I think we can all agree that today venumx over at XDA Developers gets the top person in NFC award after enabling Google Wallet in all Nexus S variants. Officially the only NFC phone that is capable of running Google Wallet is the Samsung Nexus S 4G on Sprint. All of the Google Nexus S variants have the necessary NFC chip and Secure Element, but because of Isis, Google hasn’t been able to provide the service on any other mobile network operator’s network. This has shrunk the potential user base of Google Wallet significantly and the three Isis joint venture mobile network operators have even been switching off NFC in other Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II. They haven’t been switching off the feature because it doesn’t work, they have removed the NFC capability because they are not ready to monetize it with their own Isis NFC mobile wallet at this time, and they have feared exactly what has happened today.
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 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 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 09th, 2011 at 7:30 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
Yale, an ASSA ABLOY company, will demonstrate residential NFC door locks at CEDIA Expo 2011, September 7-10 in Indianapolis, IN
Yale Locks & Hardware is moving into the 21st century as it adopts residential NFC door locks. As a company, Yale has certainly been about for our whole lives. In fact, it was founded in 1868 Lenoir City, Tennessee. It has had such an impact on our vocabulary that to this day we still call a pin tumbler lock, a Yale lock. However, things over at Yale have changed a lot between now and when Linus Yale, Sr., who founded the company, was improving locks at his father’s lock shop. The company has passed hands a few times since its inception but has always remained (you see what we did there). As we have been writing this post we have wondered what Linus Yale would have thought to the NFC door locks.
These days Yale is part of the ASSA ABLOY empire that houses such power security brands as HID, ActivIdentity, FARGO, VingCard Elsafe and LaserCard to name but a few. You may remember that ASSA ABLOY completed the first ever trial of the NFC mobile keys platform at the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, in which 28 frequent hotel guests were invited to use the technology over an eight-month period. That platform has since been released for commercial application and deployment within hotels by subsidiary VingCard Elsafe. This uses the very same system that Yale intends to use for its NFC door locks.
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 01st, 2011 at 11:09 PM Filed Under Featured, Latest News
Canadians can Pre-order their brand new sparkly NFC Samsung Galaxy S II LTE on Rogers now today
We reported that Canada folk would get their hands on an NFC Samsung Galaxy S II courtesy of Rogers and today the mobile network operator came through with a pre-order form for the legendary phone with a touch of LTE 4G goodness. However, we should warn you that they want you to put some skin in the game if you are going to order this beast and they want $40 up front. We posted the details straight from the Rogers site after the break.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 31st, 2011 at 4:29 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor, Videos
AT&T does have an NFC Samsung Galaxy S II after all, Sprint does not
Just when the world seemed cold and harsh, the team at Engadget turned our frown upside down by discovering that the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II does have NFC support after all. We had reported sometime ago that Samsung was expected to ship models of the NFC Samsung Galaxy S II with the near field communications chip turned off and it was then up to mobile network operators to decide if and when they wanted it activated and this appears to be the case for AT&T. It was also surprising when there was nary a mention of NFC in the press releases issued yesterday for the release of the United States’ Samsung Galaxy S II. Further compounded by the fact that we saw an NFC Samsung Galaxy S II come through the FCC some time ago and things just weren’t adding up.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 30th, 2011 at 11:15 PM Filed Under Featured, Latest News
NFC Samsung Galaxy S II rocking LTE heading to Rogers Canada this fall
Oh Canada, Oh Canada you get a Rogers NFC Samsung Galaxy S II (we don’t think that rhymes but you get the point). Okay, well the Americans didn’t fare well with today’s Samsung announcements. Our hearts sank as we learned that Samsung was dealing out no NFC on any US network for the long awaited Samsung Galaxy S II variants. That said, until the machines have a tear down we won’t know that for sure since Samsung is rumored to be fitting NFC in an inactive state and then switching it on later when carriers ask them to. Will America get an NFC Samsung Galaxy S II? The chances are looking bleak today. Back to Canada and the Rogers NFC Samsung Galaxy S II though.
Samsung has finally started releasing the by now legendary and possibly aging NFC Samsung Galaxy S II to North America. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint had their announcements earlier and Canada’s Rogers appears to have trumped them all by getting the NFC Samsung’s Galaxy S II version for their network which is in line with the news lately that suggests Rogers is deploying NFC payments. Canadians won’t get their hands on their version of the Samsung Galaxy S II until later in the fall, but we can at least know what’s on its way now.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 27th, 2011 at 4:54 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung due to announce an upgraded Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Super phone at the IFA show?
There is plenty of Samsung Galaxy S II news and rumors circulating at the moment. A latest tidbit reported by SammyHub has caught our attention firmly and brought up more questions than answers. We knew and reported earlier that Samsung will be making some announcements at the IFA trade show this next week and we knew there would likely be some news on the 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Samsung had also hinted at a new phone being unveiled in the videos we also posted. Obviously the Samsung Galaxy S II is hot news here in the US due to the fact that Samsung has a press event on Tuesday to officially out the US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II, but the rumors just keep on coming. The latest claim is that Samsung intends to out an upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy S II at the IFA, which is said to be a superphone. We don’t know if this new phone will be NFC-enabled and only have the vaguest of rumors to go on at this point and they suggest the answer is yes.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 27th, 2011 at 2:58 PM Filed Under Events, Rumor
A US Samsung Galaxy S II variants image has leaked ahead of Tuesday’s press event
An image has surfaced showing all three of the Samsung Galaxy S II variants that are due to be announced on Tuesday. We already knew that AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint were due to launch a Galaxy S II variant, and we had been tipped off that Verizon was likely to hold off and launch an alternative Galaxy S II like device. The image that PocketNow got their hands on tends to suggest this information was correct. The hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S II line of phones has taken its sweet time to get to the US market and Tuesday’s event is now in some doubt due to hurricane Irene’s potential path that could wash out the event.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 22nd, 2011 at 12:32 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor, Videos
Something big is coming, according to Samsung in its latest teaser videos
Samsung has released two teaser videos that suggest something big is coming and it will be announced at the IFA trade show in Berlin
What we are calling the season of smartphones is getting closer now. Apple, Google and a whole host of OEM manufacturers are getting ready to do battle for the holiday season. Multiple high-end phones are expected to be released between now and November with a glut expected at the end of September and early October. This fall is when Microsoft is also expected to enter the smartphone market proper, although they won’t have any NFC phones until next year. Now Samsung is releasing teaser videos suggesting that “something big is coming.” The videos suggest that whatever is coming, it will be announced on September 1st at the IFA trade show in Berlin, which is just three days after Samsung’s event to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II in the States. The promotional videos show people walking around with glowing objects that suggest that the 7-inch Galaxy Tab could be finally launching and yet there are also scenes where we see what appears to be a glowing phone. The other video simply shows people on a beach and really gives no clues as to what Samsung has in mind, apart from the fact it has an announcement and that the Berlin show is where it intends to share its secrets with the world.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 14th, 2011 at 3:43 PM Filed Under Events, Latest News
Samsung Galaxy S II launch event for the US happening on the 29th August
Samsung has announced that it will be holding a press event that we have heard is for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II. The event is happening in New York City and other than that, they share very little other details. But now you will finally get definite answers to questions like – what will be the official names of the Samsung Galaxy S II for each carrier? Will there be the NFC version we saw come through the FCC, and if so, on what mobile network operators waves will we be able to use it? With there be a version of the Samsung Galaxy S II with a QWERTY keyboard that slides out?
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 11th, 2011 at 12:36 PM Filed Under Latest News, Press Release
ABI Research projects that 85% of POS terminals will be NFC capable by 2016 thanks to Google Wallet buzz
ABI Research has released a report detailing how Google Wallet and NFC phone buzz has caught the imagination of retailers and projected how they will adopt NFC POS terminals. It is projected that by 2016, 85% of POS terminals will be NFC-enabled and consumers will be able to pay with either an NFC phone or an EMV (chip and PIN) card. This in many ways contradicts many other reports that have projected that NFC adoption will be slower. Verfione’s CEO, Doug Bergeron, said at the FortuneTech conference just a month ago that NFC projections were blown out of proportion. Eric Schmidt of Google, however, has projected a more aggressive adoption rate than ABI and foresees one third of merchants taking on NFC POS terminals by mid next year.
ABI Research projections on NFC POS terminals
ABI believes that one third of POS terminals will be NFC capable within 12 months which is robust adoption to say the least, and isn’t so far off what seemed an astronomically high 50% quoted by Eric Schmidt.
Senior Analyst Craig Foster said,“Contactless has the potential to change the way we pay for goods completely, significantly reducing time spent queuing at the point of sale. It also represents an almost perfect fit for the vending industry, because:
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 08th, 2011 at 6:52 AM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Rumor
Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules variant heading to T-Mobile US and Telus
Breaking news this morning is that the Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules variant has been snapped and is definitely heading to T-Mobile. PocketNow and TMONews separately snagged images of the device that’s said to beat them all. It has also been confirmed that the Samsung Hercules is indeed a Samsung Galaxy S II variant. As it stands, we’ll not see any LTE for this beast and we’ll have to make do with HSPA+ and 42Mbps which isn’t too shabby at all. As you will see from the back shot in the images, the phone clearly states it’s a GSII variant.
Update on Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules specifications
Okay, for us here at NFC Rumors the concerning news is a lack of news. Not in any report that is surfacing this morning is there any mention of NFC. The rumors from back in May suggested the Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules would be an NFC phone and now that little detail appears to have dropped off the map. Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules could always still ship with NFC but we will just have to wait and keep our ears to the ground for more details as and when they emerge.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 06th, 2011 at 10:30 AM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung Hercules NFC phone caught on camera, arriving on Telus soon?
We have been wondering when and where the Samsung Hercules NFC phone would show. The trail had gone a little cold over the last few weeks and so it was time for one of those leaks that just happens to be picture perfect, to get us gadget lovers talking about the thought of holding a 4.5 inch power slate so anticipation can be built. The photo snapper who caught this shot is Ian Hardy over at MobileSyrup. And where would you think such a beast would choose to be caught on camera? Yup, Canada of course. Land of maple leaves, Tim Hortons and occasional sightings of mythical creatures and now a demigod embodied Android super NFC phone. We must find out where in Canada to go for sightings.
Samsung Hercules NFC phone rumored specifications
If the rumors are true, the Samsung Hercules NFC phone is as strong inside as its namesake and isn’t struggling in the looks department either. Reports differ on the processor speed – some say the Samsung Hercules rocks a dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 thinker, while more recent rumors suggest that the gods have passed on a little more speed and that the phone will slipstream with a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon speedster.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 05th, 2011 at 11:45 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung City Player entry level NFC phone, revenge of the Tocco, return of the Star Part II
Samsung is introducing another entry level NFC phone to its lineup, so without further ado meet the awkwardly named Samsung City Player. Just when you thought the adventures of the Samsung Tocco were over and it was safe to come out from under the stairs, its reincarnation jumps onto the scene. However, this all new and improved version of the Tocco Icon doesn’t run on Android or any other OS you may have heard of. The Samsung City Player is powered by the MIDP 2.1 platform with a Dolphin browser. We’re not sure why this stripped down OS was chosen but the Samsung City Player is a budget NFC phone after all. We wouldn’t have been so surprised to have seen a Bada touting NFC phone come out of the Korean manufacturer and we have a sneaky feeling we may see a phone that uses that OS in the not too distant future called the S5750 Wave 575. You can check out that phone on our Global NFC phones list page.
Samsung City Player NFC phone specs
There aren’t any hardcore specifications available at the moment for the Samsung City Player. We do know it has a TouchWiz 3.0 interface and it will be available in black and white flavors. The phone has already available in France since June, and we can suppose based on the price of the Samsung Tocco Icon in the UK that it may cost around £100 ($163) but no official pricing is available as yet. Below is what we do have so far in the specifications department.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 03rd, 2011 at 11:25 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Videos
To those who think NFC is just payments, please meet NFC Task Launcher Android app
NFC Task Launcher is an app that reads and writes NFC tags. But they’re ten a penny right? In a word yes, in the Android market there are quite a few apps that read and write NFC tags, but you don’t think we would bother with a post if that was the end of the story, do you? No, because NFC Task Launcher isn’t a free app either. It comes with a sticker shocking price of $1.99. It gets worse, NFC Task Launcher doesn’t have a particularly nice logo or graphics on the Android marketplace and the developer’s website is minimalist on the aforementioned imaging and branding to say the least. Even after saying all that, we wouldn’t even bother with a post that just character assassinated an app. So, what’s its redeeming qualities you ask? NFC Task Launcher is the most effective, efficient, comprehensive NFC tag writer we have come across that will not only make you view NFC in a different way but will beg you to dream up new ways to use it. Big statement, so let’s find out what it’s all about.
What can the NFC Task Launcher do?
It does nothing if you don’t have a Nexus S or an NFC-enabled smartphone that’s rocking Gingerbread 2.3 or higher. Luckily, there are about to be more Android NFC phones on the market soon and for those phones, the app is a must have if you ever plan to write an NFC tag. First thing’s first, check out the screenshots before you attempt the list or videos. Simply click on one of the images and you can then navigate through them all.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 02nd, 2011 at 10:31 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Samsung Epic Touch 4G aka Samsung Galaxy S II launches September on Sprint, NFC?
New Samsung Epic Touch 4G name news, but nothing on NFC. Not to confuse you, but the Samsung Epic Touch 4G, which was rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy Within, is in fact the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint variant. Got that? Good. The by now legendary Samsung Galaxy S II phone is “today” rumored to be launched in September, just before the iPhone 4s, which could also be known as the iPhone 5, is due to hit the market. Are all the manufacturers and mobile network operators just messing with us? It is expected to take the awful naming convention of its predecessor and be crowned the Samsung Epic Touch 4G, a name by all accounts that seems to rip the sexiness out of the slate all together. Ah, but a name is not everything.
Does the Samsung Epic Touch 4G come laden with NFC?
We have had three names so far, nasty photographs with the Samsung Epic Touch 4G touting a QWERTY keyboard which turned out not to be the Samsung Galaxy S II at all, and a plethora of FCC filings. All that and we still have no idea if the Sprint version of the phone will come endowed with NFC. After all this time waiting for this phone to launch and supposing that it may not have NFC, we have to ask – is the Samsung Epic Touch 4G going to be the landslide that it would have been a few months ago? The Samsung Epic Touch 4G was first shown at CES early this year and blew everything else away, and whereas it is still a very capable phone, it may be aging before it even launches if it doesn’t come with an NFC chip inside.
Posted by Seth PlanckAugust 01st, 2011 at 12:46 PM Filed Under Latest News
NXP says 60 NFC phones in development for 2011
NXP Semiconductors is working with manufacturers to develop 60 – 62 NFC phones that could hit the market in 2011
NXP Semiconductors is the largest NFC chip provider on the market, but not the only player in the market; and if they are working on 60 – 62 NFC phones with manufacturers, their competitors will be working on others. That suggests we may well see a boon of NFC phones hitting the market this year. We don’t need to tell you that 60 NFC phones in the marketplace is a lot and could alleviate a lot of the frustration developers, payments companies and anyone else in NFC have had about having NFC phones available and in consumers’ hands. NXP shared this information on their second quarter earnings call to investors and analysts on Friday.
Sony Ericsson and ZTE are names that have been consistently mentioned as being likely candidates for NXP to be working with, and Nokia’s NFC phones are already known to benefit from the company’s NFC chips. The Google Nexus S was obviously the most widely covered NFC phone that NXP first became renowned for back in May, but it hasn’t all gone to plan.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 19th, 2011 at 2:31 PM Filed Under Galleries, Rumor, Videos
Galaxy S II spotted and is heading to Sprint as the Galaxy S Within, but is it the NFC i9101?
The CDMA Samsung Galaxy S Within i9101, or as we more commonly know it, Samsung Galaxy S II, has been spotted all dressed up and ready to roll with Sprint branding. The Galaxy S II has certainly taken its sweet time to get here after launching in Korea ages ago and in the UK in June. The rumor has indicated that the smartphone will be available on the “Now Network” on July 24th, from an uncertain Sprint employee. So, your oh so long wait could be over and you may well be walking around with the Galaxy S Within your pocket. Another piece of related news is that the Samsung Galaxy S Within is said to ship with Android 2.3.4, so it would presumably support Google Talk video chat straight out of the gate. From the leaked photographs, we see that the camera housing has changed shape from a rectangular opening to an oval one.We also see a large Sprint logo adorning the back of the case, but what we don’t see is the FCC certification. If the phone is indeed due to launch on the 24th of this month, we would expect to see it come through the FCC soon.
Is the Galaxy S Within, the i9101 NFC phone?
There has been a lot of speculation as to whether the U.S. launch of the Galaxy S Within is in fact the Galaxy S II GT-i9101 NFC smartphone. Some media outlets are swearing that it is the NFC variant of the by now legendary superphone but there has been no evidence surface to confirm this. Other rumors are suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy S II GT-i9101 is due to be released in the UK by the end of this month, which if true, does add credence to the possibility that the Sprint Galaxy S Within could well be the i9101.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 17th, 2011 at 10:28 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor
Microsoft is launching an NFC mobile wallet in 2012 with Windows Phone 8
NFC Rumors has learned from sources close to the matter that Microsoft is building its own NFC mobile wallet that it intends to launch in 2012 along with Windows Phone 8. The Microsoft NFC mobile wallet will compete against Google Wallet, the Isis Wallet and any mobile wallet that Apple produces. It appears each main mobile operating system is due to have its own mobile wallet which leads to the question of where will Isis fit in? It is unclear at this time whether the Microsoft NFC mobile wallet is just a product for the United States or whether it is aimed at a global market. Microsoft has a global reach and partners already in place to penetrate any market which it may utilize when Windows Phone 8 is launched in 2012.
Microsoft NFC mobile wallet is why won’t Nokia build NFC-enabled WP7 phones and instead will wait to manufacture WP8 NFC phones
Unless you have lived under a rock for the past few months you will know that Microsoft and Nokia have become buddies, and have formed a [tooltip color="blue" text="NFC mobile wallet"] partnership [/tooltip] to further both Windows Phone operating system and Nokia’s skin. Based on the potential of Microsoft building its own NFC mobile wallet, it is probable that Microsoft has asked Nokia to hold off supporting NFC in WP7 devices so that it can capitalize when it is ready to launch WP7 which will have the Microsoft Wallet built in. Whereas this is a Windows Phone 8 NFC rumor, it has been confirmed by a couple of trusted resources.
Posted by Seth PlanckJuly 17th, 2011 at 5:12 PM Filed Under Latest News, Rumor, Videos
Nokia C7 Astound to get NFC turned on in August update. Nokia goes NFC crazy and launches NFC hub!
The wait is nearly over for Nokia C7 Astound owners to have NFC turned on thanks to an update that Nokia is prepping to send out in July or August. Angry Bird Magic players celebrate.
The Nokia C7 Astound has been on sale since late last year and was quietly reputed as being an NFC phone. Since then, many Nokia C7 Astound owners have searched on methods to enable the NFC portion of their phones to no avail because the Nokia C7 Astound NFC card had not been activated by software. That appears to be set to change either this or next month as part of an update to the Symbian Anna OS.
Nokia begins its NFC campaign with the Nokia C7 Astound and the Nokia N9 this year
We have known that Nokia has been supportive of NFC for some time and this was confirmed when the Nokia C7 Astound was released. Since then, the Nokia N9 has been announced with accompanying Nokia’s Play 360 Bluetooth NFC Speakers and the Nokia Wireless Music Receiver MD-310 that both feature NFC connections that hand off to Bluetooth. Since then, we have also seen the unannounced Nokia Zeta NFC phone that takes on a smaller form factor and runs on the newest Symbian OS Belle.