Report: Windows Phone to support NFC before the end of the year

Report: Windows Phone to support NFC before the end of the year
It's anticipated that NFC will be featured on all major mobile platforms in the foreseeable future, and if a Bloomberg report is to be believed, Microsoft's Windows Phone is to join the NFC party by the end of 2011.

According to two people familiar with the matter, NFC support will be added with an upcoming Windows Phone software update, and we could see the first WP-powered NFC-supporting devices before the end of this year.

That said, it sounds logical to us that the update in question is Mango. On a different note, it's highly likely that the recent announcement Nokia is to make Windows Phone its primary smartphone strategy will help WP's NFC cause, as the Finnish company is a longtime pioneer of the technology. It's officially announced that Nokia will make NFC a standard feature of its Symbian smartphones coming in 2011.

Another evidence Microsoft is to pack working NFC chips in its upcoming devices is that the company holds 14 patents referencing NFC - the last of these patents was awarded on March 22, 2011.

source: Bloomberg

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3 Comments

1. Uzzelien

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

In a world where we just went through a world economic meltdown, do we need something that to gives anyone instant credit? From what I've seen there isn't a way to turn this off. What will happen when 1) Your phone gets lost and 2) how many kids of smart phones now days?

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you seem rather worried about the NFC but many have to remember that if your phone has a NFC system doesn't necessary mean you will have credit, few teenagers i know use cards to buy online, but those a prepaid cards that the user can reload on some stores (Radioshaq has those) I bet many could use their phones instead of cards for this options now regarding your two questions 1) if your credit card gets lost or stolen? if your whole wallet does? its almost the same, the user must know your phone password and your account password in order to make transactions under your name 2) Ive stayed above the ability to pay wit your pone wont give you credit, now an authorized company can. maybe you can find it useful for kids when you can directly put their allowance on their phone, and show them. I bet the fact that they can easily track their expenses and transfer their money to their savings account may turn them into more money responsible adults, electronics don't spoil kids, bad parenting does

2. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

^ hahahaa, great point.

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