The Managing Director of RIM in the UK, order Stephen Bates, told journalists today at the eForum in Westminster that NFC or Near Field Communication technology would be available in all their future BlackBerry smartphones.
He outlined their plans for NFC and said it would be in “all of our new devices moving forward”, although he didn’t go into details about specific dates, or the first new BlackBerry that would be sporting NFC technology.
RIM are getting behind NFC in a big way. Bates talked about how we’d soon be using NFC for payment in Starbucks, buying tickets at the O2, and expects it to replace Oyster cards for an easy way paying of trains, buses and just about everything else.
He added: “The opportunities are endless…We don’t know how it’s going to pan out, but we’re in the process of building an an ecosystem.”
Near field communication, or NFC, is going to big business in the future with all the major handset manufactures saying that they will have in their handset – apart from Apple, but this will probably change with the iPhone 5.