updated 02:50 pm EDT, Fri June 18, 2010
Nokia promises NFC on all smartphones in 2011
During a keynote presentation in Helsinki on Thursday, Nokia's executive VP for markets Anssi Vanjoki said every Nokia smartphone built from 2011 on will be equipped with Near Field Communications (NFC) technology. NFC would allow users to make payments by waving their phone near a compatible reader. Vanjoki said all open business models of the technology would be supported, suggesting this will include formats other than the Single Wire Protocol (SWP) Nokia previously used.
This includes communicating with microSD cards, instead of just the SIM card as in the SWP model. Third-party app developers can also expect to receive an SDK to support NFC, as one is currently under development.
Earlier this year, Nokia canceled plans to launch its 6216 Classic NFC phone, which supported the SWP standard. Nokia and other handset makers want the payment to be tied into a users' handset, while providers want to keep it tied onto SIM cards. [via NFCworld]