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RIM Announces BlackBerry Tag NFC Features Coming Soon

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We know that RIM has things planned for the NFC technology built into the latest BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and Curve 9350/9360/9370 and now it has a name. RIM announced that they are calling it BlackBerry Tag and its coming soon to BlackBerrys. They claim it will let BBM friends add each other by simply tapping phones.  It will also let you share contact information, documents, URLs, photos, and multimedia easily.

Here is what Jim Balsillie had to say about it:

"BlackBerry Tag is an exciting and innovative feature that makes sharing contact information and multimedia content effortless and seamless," said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "BlackBerry Tag opens a new dimension to the BlackBerry platform that is powerful, simple and intuitive and we think it will be welcomed by both users and developers."

Check out the press release below:

RIM Unveils BlackBerry Tag-Coming Soon to BlackBerry Smartphones

– BlackBerry Tag enables effortless ‘tap to share’ exchanges of multimedia content and contact info between friends
– Friends can also add each other as BBM contacts with a simple ‘tap’

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES–(Marketwire – Oct. 10, 2011) – GITEX – During his keynote presentation at the GITEX conference in Dubai, Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) Co-CEO Jim Balsillie today unveiled a new way for BlackBerry(R) smartphone users to connect with one another and share multimedia content.
BlackBerry(R) Tag, which will be incorporated in the next BlackBerry(R) 7 OS update(i), will allow users to share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content by simply tapping their BlackBerry smartphones together. BlackBerry Tag will also enable friends to instantly add one another as contacts on BBM(TM) (BlackBerry(R) Messenger).
"BlackBerry Tag is an exciting and innovative feature that makes sharing contact information and multimedia content effortless and seamless," said Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "BlackBerry Tag opens a new dimension to the BlackBerry platform that is powerful, simple and intuitive and we think it will be welcomed by both users and developers."
BlackBerry Tag takes advantage of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology included in the recently launched BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9900/9930 and BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 9350/9360/9370 smartphones, and these are the first BlackBerry smartphones that will support BlackBerry Tag.
RIM also announced plans to expose BlackBerry Tag through APIs on the BlackBerry platform, allowing software developers to take advantage of "tap to share" functionality from within their own applications.
(i) Subject to network operator certifications. Check with your local operator for availability.

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  1. I wonder what the file size limit will be for transfering files…

  2. And consumers will see this in what year as an official OS update from their carrier?!? Verizon has not even released an OS update for the 9930 that provides NFC in the first place!!! That being said, I’m finding new uses for NFC every day thanks to another carrier’s OS update released nearly a month ago…

     BlackBerry® Bold™ 9930 (aka Touch), OS v7.0.0.362 (rel 1702), Platform 5.0.0.552, VZW  (“official” OS v7 update with NFC courtesy of PTCI)

  3. LOL. RIM! Is this not what Bump is for iOS and Android? Better late than never….sigh..

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