Nokia C7 has unused NFC chip inside
Surprise, surprise! The Nokia C7, the second Symbian^3-based device to hit the market, has an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip inside. But it lay unused, at least for now.
NFC is a technology that basically allows the exchange of data between devices that are near to each other (at about 10 centimeters), hence the name. Nokia has, in the past, announced that all its smartphones will have NFC support starting in 2011, but everyone just assumed that meant “all smartphones released in 2011″. It looks like that may not be the case, since the Nokia C7 may (hopefully) get a software update that will enable the NFC features at some point.
What good will that do you? Well, it depends. In theory, the chip could be used for anything from quick file transfers to mobile payments. But what capabilities the NFC chip will enable isn’t clear, as some features may require specific hardware support in addition to software support.
Nokia said that there will be an announcement with more details “soon”, and it certainly looks like they weren’t ready for this information to leak out just yet.