Nokia has just announced the first ever NFC-enabled Windows Phone, and it’s a special version of the already unveiled Nokia Lumia 610. This was first showcased as Nokia’s most affordable Windows Phone to date back in February during MWC.
The Lumia 610 NFC will become available “early in the third quarter” of this year (so probably in July), and the first carrier to range it is Orange.
The Nokia Lumia 610 NFC has been certified for contactless, NFC-based payments both by MasterCard for its PayPass solution as well as Visa payWave. Aside from payments, the NFC functionality inside the smartphone also lets you pair with NFC accessories and read NFC tags, all with a single tap.
The Lumia 610 NFC is Nokia’s 8th phone to have that connectivity built in. Choosing the Lumia 610 for this project is interesting. The NFC version will surely be a bit more expensive than the ‘vanilla’ 610, but even so it’s probably going to be one of the cheapest Windows Phones around. So it might be quite appealing to, say, the young crowd.
As you might imagine judging from the similar naming, the only differences between the Lumia 610 and the Lumia 610 NFC are the NFC hardware and the NFC software stack that Nokia has added to the Windows Phone operating system.
Native NFC support is expected to hit Microsoft’s mobile OS by the end of the year when Windows Phone 8 will ship.
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