ZTE Orbit has NFC inside, Microsoft might actively support it come Apollo
It turns out that none other but the ZTE Orbit we handled at the MWC yesterday is a Windows Phone with NFC. The guys at the booth and ZTE's spokesperson have confirmed the presence of this short-range wireless chip inside the ZTE Orbit.
Mobile payments is a growing field, but we have the feeling that Microsoft also has something else up its sleeve with NFC, like easier item exchange between phones, tags and so on.
So far it has only provided passive support for it, though, saying that manufacturers can include the chip and devs can write third party apps if they wish so, but it hasn't received enough critical mass of adoption for Redmond to include any detailed support before Apollo, which might very well be named Windows Phone 8.