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Near Field Communication

November 7th, 2011

Recently as more carriers are rolling out updates allowing users to take advantage of NFC on their BlackBerry 7 devices,  users want to know what exactly NFC is, what it does and how it can be used.

NFC stands for near field communication and is used to easily transfer data from one device to another.  It is currently available on the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, Curve 9350/9360/9370, and Bold 9790.  It can be used to transfer information such as contacts and files, or media such as pictures, videos and songs.  Data transfer can also be used between more than just two phones.  There is also the option to have your credit card information stored on your phone for quick payments at select retailers.  If a poster is equipped with an NFC tag, your phone can scan the tag.  Depending on what information the tag sends out, your phone will either download an app or give you more information on what is on the poster.  This is similar to using a tag reader app to take a picture of a QR (quick response) code.  QR pictures are difficult to take, because you have to be in the right lighting, the picture can’t be off-center and the code can’t be blurry.  Because of this, NFC tag scanning is much more reliable.  As soon as your phone passes over the tag you’re trying to scan, a dialog box will pop up to  ensure it was scanned.  As NFC becomes more common within phone providers, it can also be used as a hotel or ID key card.

Using NFCLauncher combined with ShortcutMe, you can create macros that you can write onto NFC enabled tags.  ShortcutMe is an app designed to do multiple things on your phone using one press of a button.  NFCLauncher lets you write these shortcuts to NFC tags that you can use anywhere.  A few ideas of ways to use these tags are to put one in your car and have it set your sound profile to loud, turn on bluetooth and turn on Drive Safe.ly.  You can also put one on your office desk to turn your phone on silent, turn bluetooth off, and turn on WiFi.  For more ideas on what to do with tags, click here.  For help creating macros and to find out more about these applications, go here.

MasterCard recently approved using NFC with their program called PayPass.  This will allow MasterCard credit card holders with an NFC enabled phone to pay for their purchases using their phone.  Using PayPass, users will also be able to find out movie times and get rebates.  For now, they are testing this application with select banks, meaning you’ll have to wait to actually download the app.  By clicking this link, you can find merchants in your area that will accept PayPass.  For an application in the beginning stages, there are already lots of stores that are participating.

Many people expect NFC to become a widely used application as more cell phones come equipped with it.  We want to know how you’re using NFC on your BlackBerry!  Do you have tags designated for different shortcuts that you use throughout your day?  Or do you only use it when there is an NFC enabled poster?  Please kindly express your idea in the below comments.

SIM-Based Devices: BlackBerry Curve 9360 & Bold 9900

October 27th, 2011

RIM today announced that the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and Bold 9900 are the first SIM-based smartphones to get MasterCard PayPass handset certification. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since BlackBerry devices are among the most secure handsets available, if not the most secure. Both the Curve 9360 and Bold 9900 are equipped with NFC so once it’s ready to go, all you have to do is swipe your device over a PayPass scanner to issue a payment.

There are two highlights:

Carriers globally will now have access to the first NFC smartphones  certified as MasterCard PayPass™ approved devices

France Telecom – Orange amongst first to benefit from MasterCard certification awarded to RIM