The Nokia C7 and MeeGo-running N9 both contain NFC chips, however the Finnish manufacturer tells NFC World that the handsets won’t be able to make contactless payments. Zuh?
Nokia C7 and N9 users will be able to make use of other NFC features, but due to, uhm, some technical shortcomings, you can forget using the phones as “mobile wallets”.
NFC World explains: “The lack of support for either an embedded secure element or for the Single Wire Protocol (SWP), which would provide support for an NFC SIM issued by a mobile network operator, means that the devices are unsuitable for use in secure NFC applications such as mobile wallet, ticketing and payments.
“Instead, Nokia is concentrating on the much more straightforward 'connectivity' aspect of NFC and pushing the technology's use for file sharing, device pairing and tag reading.”
The Nokia C7, released last year, contains NFC hardware, though it’s currently inactive. It’ll be activated when Symbian Anna finally arrives.
Rupert Englander, Nokia’s head of services, sales and marketing in the UK and Ireland, told NFC World: "We're probably a little while away from being able to go into a shop and easily use our mobile phone to pay for things with NFC. We think the phone as the mobile wallet, where it's simple to buy and it just works, is 12 to 18 months away.
“There are various trials out there and some services, like Orange's Quick Tap, but there are restrictions, like you have to be an Orange subscriber, a Barclaycard customer, and can only shop in certain places.
"NFC mobile payments won't take off until these barriers go, and while the recently announced UK joint venture for NFC between Telefonica UK, Everything Everywhere and Vodafone will help take those barriers away, it will take time to come to fruition."
Ok, Englander, that’s a fair point.