Frank Maduri is Research In Motion's (RIM) senior director for Mobile Wallet, and is currently in Australia to address Terrapin's annual Cards and Payments Conference in Sydney. His side mission, however, is to meet with various local near-field communications (NFC) stakeholders to drive adoption and form partnerships for the future of the BlackBerry NFC ecosystem.
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Near-field communications (NFC) technology is more well known these days for being the power that enables mobile payments on smartphones and other gadgets, but Research In Motion (RIM) is planning to use NFC for a different purpose, which presumably RIM executives hope will give the BlackBerry an edge over the competition — in one regard at the very least.
BlackBerry Tag coming soon to NFC handsets...
Other mobile manufacturers could learn a lesson from RIM when it comes to NFC technology.
Research In Motion's new Bold 9900 and Bold 9930 smartphones are the first BlackBerry devices to support the contactless communications tech used in travelcards
The updated mobile OS will use GPU-accelerated graphics and add support for near-field communication technology, and underpin two new Bold smartphones
Near-field communications coming to almost all RIM devices in 2011, says UK MD...
Most new BlackBerry devices from RIM from now on will include near-field communication capabilities, the company's UK managing director has said.Although RIM chief Jim Balsillie already revealed at Mobile World Congress that "many if not most" of 2011's BlackBerrys would have the short-range wireless technology (usually abbreviated as NFC) built in, Stephen Bates's words on Tuesday suggested that almost all upcoming RIM smartphones and tablets would include these capabilities.
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