Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that its forthcoming smart phones, the Blackberry 9900/9930, will feature Near Field Communications. The new handsets will enable payments, with more information about this functionality to be released closer to the launch in the summer, according to a RIM spokesperson.
This is the first implementation of NFC on Blackberry handsets.
Along with the built in NFC chip, the new smart phone comes equipped with the latest Blackberry operating system and this new software supports the implementation of NFC including the ability to read smart tags, and pairing seamlessly with blackberry wireless accessories.
A video provides a closer look at how NFC will work on upcoming Blackberry handsets. A RIM employee demonstrates how NFC works with tags as he holds one close to the phone and it launches a Web site on the device. RIM also mentions business cards can be imported or transferred via the service and shows an NFC link that prompts him to open a PDF on the device.