RIM claims all future BlackBerry devices will have NFC support
The latest RIM executive to do so is the managing director of RIM in the UK, Stephen Bates, who said that NFC would be in "all of our new devices moving forward", which implies that all upcoming RIM gadgets will have NFC support.
Talking about the opportunities that NFC presents, he, among other things, mentioned NFC payments for Starbucks and buying tickets at the O2 and said:
"The opportunities are endless…We don’t know how it’s going to pan out, but we’re in the process of building an ecosystem."
When we take into account that the business user is of utmost importance for RIM, it's not much of a surprise that the Canadian company wants to be a leader in the NFC world. However, some other massive corporations like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile (the carriers formed the firm Isis), Google, Apple and Visa among others are also hoping to be important players in the NFC world.
Are you excited by the prospect of RIM adopting NFC in all of its future devices?
source: Electricpig UK
1. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
I know what NFC stands for, but could someone furthermore explain to me what exactly it is?
2. Gawain (Posts: 405; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
Near Field Communication is an emerging standard which will allow devices to connect but only at very close range (figure 2-3 cm). This will come in handy for trading information between devices, but the real drive will come in the commerce sector where you'll be able to hold your phone at a point-of-sale machine/device and pay for whatever you're buying.
Bank of America is already testing this. I believe I saw a blog entry here about it. They're allowing customers to test with their BlackBerry devices and an "e-Wallet" type application.
3. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
Gotcha. Thanks. I'd rather keep credit cards and cash to avoid identity theft.
4. Gawain (Posts: 405; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
Yeah, but the thing is, most identity theft still comes from good old fashioned paper trails. I for one, look forward to adopting this technology.