4/11/2012 10:44:51 AM
Nokia to launch Lumia 610 with NFC through Orange
Nokia will launch a Near Field Communications (NFC) version of the Lumia 610 through Orange in the third quarter of this year.
The Windows phone will be able to pair with NFC-enabled accessories and tags and use Visa's mobile payments application, Visa payWave. It will also be compatible with other NFC payment and ticketing services. The Lumia 600 is the eighth NFC-enabled handset Nokia has released during the past two years. It is expected to go on sale during late summer.
Orange senior VP of mobile multimedia and devices Yves Maitre said: 'Orange is committed to rolling out mobile NFC services in all its European territories and as part of this goal we're very excited to be the first operator to launch the Lumia 610 NFC. The Nokia Lumia smartphones have been very well received by Orange customers. We are now going one step further and adding an NFC-enabled handset to this popular range of devices, enabling people to use contactless services via a single tap. Nokia is a natural fit for us regarding NFC and, like Orange, has shown a very early commitment to the standard.'
Ilari Nurmi, head of product marketing for Nokia's smart devices business unit said: 'We're bringing NFC right across our portfolio, and together with our ever-growing range of NFC accessories we're making it easy for people to connect via a single tap. We're also enabling operators and other service providers to build NFC payment and ticketing solutions on top of our smartphones.'
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