Nokia is planning a major push into the Near Field
Communications (NFC) market with the launch of a range of
The portfolio of handsets will cover both the high and low end of
the consumer market, ranging from basic, entry-level handsets to
Some of the devices will be Sim-enabled, while others will run on
the updated Symbian 3 platform.
The move sees Nokia step up its drive into the NFC sector, which
has so far launched three such devices in the UK.
Nokia Industry Collaborations VP Mark Selby said: 'Nokia is
anticipating multiple NFC-enabled devices, which won't all be at
the high end of the market. Our plan is to see NFC in lots of
devices, not just smartphones.'
Selby declined to say when or how many NFC devices Nokia plans to
launch, but said he anticipated that UK consumers will be widely
using NFC devices by 2012.
One source close to Nokia said: 'In Q3 and Q4 of next year, we
will see Nokia going into NFC in a big way. They will be bringing
forward a lot of phones with embedded NFC.'
NFC global trials, including the O2 NFC trial in 2008, had proved
that 'it is no longer about whether consumers want NFC but when
consumers will get it'.
Selby said NFC transactions are expected to be for small items
such as a coffee or sandwiches. He pointed to the cheaper cost of
buying a ticket with an Oyster card as an example of how
consumers will save by using NFC.