Microsoft clarifies NFC support status: it's not there yet

Microsoft clarifies NFC support status: it's not there yet
Just a couple of days ago, a UK-based Microsoft product manager led us into thinking that Windows Phone Mango already has NFC support and it just needs to be enabled by device manufacturers. “So, if any OEM wants to enable it, that can be done by all means,” he mistakenly said earlier prompting an official clarification from Microsoft.

"While NFC is not currently supported on Windows Phone 7.5, it is coming. We expect NFC-enabled Windows Phone devices to ship within the next year,” a Microsoft spokesperson set the record straight.

This falls in line with Microsoft’s previous promises of bringing NFC on its phones in 2012. NFC, an abbreviation for Near Field Communications technology, allows secure transfers of small chunks of data and is the technology behind mainstream phone-based payment systems. Google Wallet for example uses NFC for quick payments from your cell phone.


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4 Comments

1. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

So is it possible to get it on Windows 7.5 handsets and it just needs a software upgrade or does Windows 7.5 not support it at all?

2. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'm guessing the current generation of Windows Phones do not have an NFC chip built it, so it won't be activated by a software upgrade. However, the association that oversees the SD card standard is trying to promote the standard of making NFC built into microSD cards, so if you have a microSD slot, you will hopefully be able to add it to your phone eventually.

3. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

The Samsung Focus S and Flash have NFC already enabled

4. Bluedroid

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

Window phone suck bigtime!!!

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