Nokia: All new smartphones to include NFC, starting 2011

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Nokia’s Executive VP for Markets, Anssi Vanjoki, announced that all Nokia smartphones will include Near Field Communication (NFC) beginning in 2011. The announcement was made yesterday during a keynote speech at the Mobey Forum in Helsinki, Finland. Some of NFC’s potential uses include: mobile payments, mobile ticketing, P2P setup, and RFID tag reading. Vanjoki went onto indicate that the SWP protocol could also be supported. There was no mention of what specific future smartphone models could get NFC first.

UPDATE: The original article mis-quoted the Nokia E-VP, “Vanjoki didn’t say NFC would be in all smartphones, as most reported, but that Nokia would start to incorporate the technology into its Symbian^4 portfolio next year.”

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