Nokia Astound for T-Mobile has NFC chip inside, but you'll have to turn it on

Nokia Astound for T-Mobile has NFC chip inside, but you'll have to turn it on
The Nokia C7, on which the Astound for T-Mobile is based, has NFC capabilities for mobile payment, remote access and info gathering, and was even used for this at the CTIA 2011 show. 500 Nokia C7s were available for attendees to use with the bCard Reader technology, which allows for scanning their ID tags when networking. You can read more about NFC in our article here.

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

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  • Display 3.5 inches 640 x 360 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware 0.25GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh
  • OS Symbian Symbian^3


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