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Nokia’s new smartphones will come with NFC from 2011

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia's executive vice president for markets, has announced that all new smartphones introduced by the company from 2011 will come with Near Field Communication technology “NFC”. Vanjoki, who is responsible for consumer insights, sales, marketing, manufacturing and logistics across all Nokia products and services, made the announcement during a keynote presentation at the Mobey Forum's 10th anniversary workshop in Helsinki five days ago.

Vanjoki wasn't able to give specific details about the new smartphone models, but delegates were informed that more information will be made available "in due course".

Vanjoki was also asked whether the new smartphones would support the Single Wire Protocol (SWP). In reply, he explained that the phones would include support for both SWP and other secure element formats such as MicroSD cards and, perhaps, an embedded secure element too. A set of tools is also to be made available to third party application developers.

The announcement comes to relieve the concerns that Nokia was pulling back from its long-term support for NFC technology, following the news earlier this year that Nokia had cancelled plans to put its long-awaited 6216 Classic NFC phone into production.

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