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RIM Explains NFC (Near Field Communications) In Upcoming Phones

Now that we have confirmation that NFC (Near Field Communications) is coming to all the latest BlackBerrys this year many are wondering what that means exactly. Well you have to wonder no longer. RIM has posted up a video with Andrew Bocking, VP of Handheld Software Product Management, talking up NFC and what it means to smartphone users. Check it out below:

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  1. Nice! I knew about the mobile payment possibilities, but device to device transfers and retailer advertising in stores is very cool.

    My only fear is that the tapping could get a little aggressive if we get carried away. ‘Hey, check out this pic!’ SMASH! ‘Woops.’

  2. I think its a great feature but imo I think its going to take a while before business really capitalise on this.

  3. Obviously NFC has a lot of potential. I like the one capability he mentioned, being able to send your electronic business card to someone.

    What I’m not clear on, is NFC a RIM product or is it separate and RIM is just using it? Are there any smartphones out right now that have it already?

  4. I thinks its an exciting jump for technology, but it reminds me of Minority Report. If you walk in to a place and they ‘beam’ you an advertisement, will you get charged data? What about privacy? Accessing your device now has to be by having your number for text, email, or pin. So they have access to just send you something. Could be a scary road to start down.

  5. NFC is not a RIM product but a technology that is being developed. The Nexus S has NFC capabilities, but I’m not sure what other phones have it. It seems so cool and has a lot of potential, but there is that security scare. I like to see how RIM uses it, because they know a thing or 2 about security.

    • I don’t think there’s any security scare here. First of all, in order to communicate, your device will have to be very close to the transmitter or other device, if not physically touching it. So it should be a conscious choice whether or not to send/receive content. Secondly, there will have to be some sort of password or permission dialogue allowing or blocking transmission; similar to current BlueTooth security.

  6. Good for future proofing……. but i still don’t see NFC being that big in the very near future..

  7. NFC if done right is going to be a total game changer with the right support and developers.

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