Nokia took initiative to introduce NFC technology in Windows Phone starting from low-cost Lumia 610 handsets. In fact, Lumia 610 would be 8th Nokia device to be empowered with NFC technology. The most affordable smartphone will be sporting newest technology which could make this technology in Asia. The Lumia 610 can be used to pair with NFC accessories. It could be used to make contactless payments, ticketing system, social contact sharing, exchange of maps, business card, coupons etc. Imagine hassle free transfer of data where you no longer need to pair device.
What is NFC?
NFC stands for Near Field Communication, is a short range wireless RFID (radio frequency identification) technology which allows two way communication between devices in proximity. Usually communication happens when devices are touched or in proximity field (4cm or less). The NFC technology will render physical use of credit card system useless by replacing it with much more powerful technology. Let us take an example of what can be achieved using NFC.
- Data transfer such as files, music sharing etc.
- Business card sharing
- Ticketing system
- Make payment using MasterCard PayPass
- Pairing and peer to peer connection Bluetooth or Wi-Fi
- Download Railway time table, Maps, Images and many other information with single tap
Probably, we will find much more use as technology grows. NFC is secure technology since it needs near field communication. This also ensures proper security. NFC Tag contains read-only data in most of the case. User can store sensitive information like debit or credit card information, personal information, SSN in NFC tag. Instead of using credit card for purchasing product use your NFC enabled smartphone to make instant payment.
Importance for Windows Phone users
The year 2012 is marked as a year of evolution of third eco system called Windows Phone. With fierce rival accounting for most of the smartphone share, it is a question of survival for Nokia. Android has already adopted NFC technology but iPhone is yet to utilize it. Nokia can target the technology savvy user by offering NFC technology. It offers so much ease and comfort to the people hence justifies the tag ‘Put People First’.
Oyster public transport (London), Germany, Austria, Latvia and China have already started introducing public ticketing system using NFC technology. Now all you have to is tap your Windows Phone and enjoy hassle-free journey.
Imagine your Windows Phone used in doing following operations
- Mobile Banking
- Contactless payment
- Social networking
- Paper vouchers study
- NFC social board game
- Health care and insurance card
- Event ticketing management
- Loyalty program
- Public transport
- Employee payment
- Airline smart pass
- Hotel keys
- Business rating
Many European and African countries have already started implementing NFC technology in various segment. Unfortunately, Lumia 800, Lumia 710 and 900 doesn’t have NFC support hence the users of those devices can not enjoy the new technology yet. With Lumia 610 expected to debut in Q3, it will be interesting to see how many users start adopting to new technology.
Aren’t you excited about NFC technology?
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