After being rumored for some time, mobile handset manufacturer Nokia has officially announced the release of its first Windows Phone that supports NFC (near-field communication). The Lumia 610 model is the first Windows Phone-run handset in the mobile industry to come equipped with the emerging NFC technology.
The phone will launch on the UK carrier Orange in the third quarter, and it will also include support for NFC mobile payments from Visa and MasterCard. Although the NFC application is mainly used for payment purpose, some other ways of using the technology are expected to further boost its usage. At present, Orange offers commercial NFC services in France and the UK, but the carrier has not revealed when the Lumia 610 NFC will go on sale or how much it will cost.
"We're bringing NFC right across our portfolio," said Ilari Nurmi, marketing chief at Nokia smartphone unit, in a statement.
The Lumia 610 NFC can pair with accessories and read tags with a single tap. The single tap allows users to login on their Foursquare, Twitter, or Facebook account and tap a tag to download. Users will also be able to create their own tap with the Nokia Tag Writer app.