I’ve been working on the site all weekend and I’ve found some really cool stuff to post up this week.
On Sunday my lovely girlfriend Nish and I were in Uxbridge Town Centre and I couldn’t help but hear that Nokia were actually releasing a phone with NFC capability which customers can buy from their network providers. Right now your probably thinking “What are you on about?!? I get phones from my provider all the time!” but please hear me out.
Nokia have had a really awesome tool called NFC at their disposal for a number of years. Phones such as the Nokia 5210i, 6131 and more recent 6212 have had special RFID/NFC chip readers installed but the only way to get the handsets is by going to Nokia directly. This has therefore left the phones being unknown but now the Nokia C7 is scheduled to have the NFC update in 2011.
So, what does this mean? With the Nokia C7, you will be able to have your Oyster Card and contact-less payment card from Barclays on your handset because the same reader in those cards, will be in your phone! So for example, instead of using Chip-and-PIN to pay for your items, you simply scan your handset against the reader and enter your PIN. (Please be aware Barclays have a limit of £10 to eliminate fraud).
What if someone steals my phone? Good question. The things is when you buy/upgrade to the Nokia C7 handset, your network provider will issue you with a special SIM Card where you will be able store your card details. If your phone gets lost or stolen, your network provider will block your SIM card and therefore your personal details will be destroyed.
Has anyone else used the technology? Yes and you probably use it without even knowing! The London Underground put NFC chips into their Oyster Cards to track the public’s journey from one place to another. Every time you touch your Oyster Card onto a reader, the NFC chip inside activates and sends location information to the TfL servers informing them of your location and payment information.
In comparison to smart phones on the market, yes the Nokia C7 fails – unable to multi-task well, not a great selection of apps against Andriod and the Apple iPhone; but with regards to previous NFC handsets, the Nokia C7 will blow them all out of the water!
If you have any questions about RFID/NFC, please submit them in the comments box and I’ll be sure to get back to you!