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Nokia C7 NFC

Hi everyone,

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 C7

Nokia C7

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!

Take care,
Andy Singh

10 Comments

  1. Hank

    Andy,

    Great overview and introduction to the Nokia C7 and NFC. Nokia has announced that the first released version of the C7 will not have NFC activated, but an upgrade is available enable it. The phone supports the Single Wire Protocol, which means all Credit Card information is stored on the special SIM card you describe.

    Again, great overview. I am looking forward to your next NFC update.

    (T)Hank(s)

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    • andysingh

      Hi Hank,

      It’s really good to hear from you and many thanks for the comment. I’m really hyped about this handset because it looks the part, it functions well and having NFC in-built will only make the phones capabilities improve dramatically. I hope everything’s good in the States and remember to give me a call next time your over in UK.

      Take Care

      Reply
  2. Richard

    Hi Andy,

    Thanks for the post. I’ve bought a C7 and I’d like to do try some developments with the NFC chip. Do you know how to get it activated? Are there any downloads to enable it yet or do we have to wait till next year?

    Kind regards

    Rich

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    • andysingh

      Hi Richard,

      Currently the NFC capabilities of the Nokia C7 has been disabled and an update is scheduled to be released next year. Once the update is release, Nokia will release the SDK’s which will be available to download and open for you to write NFC programs for the handset.

      Thanks for the blog comment 🙂

      Kind Regards,
      Andy Singh

      Reply
  3. Dush

    Hi Andy,

    Thanks for the valuable info.

    Just wanted to know if we can get the SDK from the net as I have got my C7 and want to go ahead with the NFC development process.

    I have some prior exp on NFC apps as I have used the Nokia 6131 to develop some NFC applications.

    One more ques, Does this c7 only read the or is tehre an NFC card embedded onto it too.

    Thanks and Regards
    Dush.

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    • andysingh

      Hi Dush,

      There is a SDK available for the Nokia C7 – here’s the link. With regards to the NFC Card which is inbuilt in the handset, the handset can only read NFC/RFID chips. It would be VERY cool if you could write stuff to the chips with the phone but I’m guessing for security reasons, Nokia opted against it.

      Many thanks for the comment and glad you liked the blog post 🙂

      Kind Regards,
      Andy Singh

      Reply
    • andysingh

      Hi Dush,

      I had a chat with someone who is closely linked with Nokia who said the NFC SDK for the Nokia C7 is not going to released until March/April. Currently the SDK on the Nokia website is for a standard non-NFC C7. Thought I’d let you know 🙂

      Andy Singh

      Reply
  4. Krishna K Nagre

    Hi Andy

    is Nokia providing write feature on card using Nokia c7 device? Please let me know when the NFC enabled SDK will be release?

    Thank you

    Reply
    • andysingh

      Hi Krishna,

      As far as I’m aware, the write funtion on the Nokia C7 will not be available until further firmware updates.

      Many Thanks for checking out the blog 🙂
      Andy Singh

      Reply

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