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Research In Motion launched new BlackBerry Near Field Communication – NFC – enabled devices recently: the Bold 9790; Bold 9900; Curve 9360; and announced the Curve 9380. All of the devices run the new BlackBerry 7 OS. RIM is ahead of most of the field in this regard, although in most markets it’s so far ahead there’s little you can use the technology for.
RIM has recently been setting up pilots in India, Spain and Brasil. And the RIM bosses are adamant you’ll see payments take off very soon.
A report by Forrester and PayPal predicts that payments using mobile phones will replace cash by 2016, ABI Research predicts that Google’s step into Near Field Communication – NFC – with their recent launch of Google Wallet will drive adoption by the end of 2012, with global adoption in 2014, far sooner than the 2016 predicted by Forrester and PayPal. They also predict that the NFC chip would store the “user’s banking and personal details – making it redundant to carry ID cards, cash or credit cards.”
With Acer Inc, better known for it’s laptops, planning to launch a NFC enabled phone next year, and Apple rumoured to be launching NFC capabilities in their iPhone5, I can really see that happening. Andy Lees, president of Windows Phone, said at the AsiaD conference last month that consumers can expect NFC-equipped iPhones and Windows Phone 7 devices in 2012.
Added to that the recent announcement 45 globally operating mobile phone operators pledging their support for the GSMA NFC implementation, including China Mobile, Vodafone Group, América Móvil, Telefónica Group, China Unicom, Axiata, Bharti Airtel, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T.