Nokia and Microsoft are betting big on the Lumia series of smartphones that were first launched about six months ago. The latest Lumia model is christened the Nokia Lumia 610 NFC because it offers Near Field Communication (NFC) capability.
This is not Nokia’s first NFC phone; it is in fact the 8th NFC phone launched by Nokia in the last two years. NFC devices talk to each other via radio communication. It is seen to be more secure than conventional swiping of cards or keying in information that could potentially be hacked.
NFC is expected to revolutionise the way payments are made. Rather than swiping credit cards or debit cards, you simply tap an NFC-enabled device, such as the Lumia 610 NFC, on an NFC-enabled reader device. This could be at a supermarket, for instance.
The Lumia 610 NFC is certified by Mastercard for its PayPass solution and by Visa for its PayWave. NFC technology can also be used to transfer pictures or contact information from one NFC-enabled phone to another.
You can also use your NFC phone like a smart ticket, something like London’s Oyster Card. The difference again is that you don’t need to swipe it in and out of a reader.
Nokia has launched several accessories that are also NFC enabled. If you have an NFC enabled headset, for example, you can simply tap it with your NFC enabled phone.
Like any other smartphone, the Lumia 610 NFC comes with a 5 megapixel camera, a large number of apps to choose from, stereo FM radio, and even XBOX live hub.
Orange is the first service provider to support the Nokia Lumia NFC.