Contactless payment tech in all phones next year, says Ericsson boss
Killer phone feature for 2010?
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. ®