Nokia Astound for T-Mobile has NFC chip inside, but you'll have to turn it on
The Nokia Astound (our hands-on here), will have the NFC chip also, but you will have to manually turn it on in the interface, for some reason:
"The Nokia Astound includes an NFC chip and the device software supports its functionality. The Astound will ship with NFC turned off, but a user can enable it by entering the device settings and turning it on."
We guess that's to prevent unnecessary battery drain if the chip was on by default, since there is not a whole lot you can do right now with NFC. Apple, Google, PayPal, and the carriers with the ISIS project, are all doing trial runs for their NFC payment systems, but the CEO of VeriFone says most of these won't enter our everyday lives before 2012, although this year will be pivotal for the NFC-related ventures in the US.
Still, with the NFC capabilities, and the recently announced live traffic updates for the free offline navigation on the slim Nokia Astound, $79.99 is becoming a very decent price for this handset, if you can stomach Symbian, although the Astound comes with the newest version that features updated browser and portrait QWERTY. It will probably receive the new interface when it is unveiled in the end of the summer, too.
source: NFCWorld & Symbian-Freak
2. Jimbochicago (unregistered)
This phone is rediculously Astounding! It's the smartest, uncomplicated, toughest of them all, and it's free now.
If you happen to love NPR, or like the idea of a GPS-guided radio streaming stories and features that happened around you, the Astound is the ONLY phone offered by an American carrier that has Public Radio On Location!
Click the blue Ovi Store bag and try it. It's free. Check it out online: