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All mobile phones will feature Near Field Communications (NFC) technology within 12 months, a mobile industry executive has claimed.

While speaking at a recent company event in Stockholm, Håkan Djuphammar, Ericsson's VP of systems architecture, said: “A year from now, basically every new phone that's sold will have [Near Field Communication]”.

Djuphammar also hinted that NFC technology will be built directly onto the Sim card – a method that some phone firms, including Nokia, and network operators have already begun exploring.

Building a “secure environment” onto the Sim card where “trusted identities” or “secure elements” can be created will also enable phones to be used like car keys or a credit card, Djuphammar said, according to numerous online reports.

Nokia, for example, back in April rolled out what it claimed was the world’s first SIM-enabled NFC phone - the 6212 Classic.

By linking NFC to the SIM, rather than just adding an NFC chip into the phone, Nokia stressed that network operators will be able to develop their own NFC payments services. ®

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