New Windows Phone handset coming to Orange first.
A new version of the Nokia Lumia 610 smartphone has been announced, adding near-field communications (NFC) technology to the handset.
NFC technology allows devices to share data wirelessly when touching, or held in close proximity. That makes it easy to transfer data like photos or contacts across different devices. It also adds a host of other possible applications, such as using your phone to pay for goods via "contactless" checkouts in shops.
The new Nokia Lumia 610, which has been dubbed the “Lumia 610 NFC” supports NFC tags and accessories, and is certified for contactless payments with MasterCard PayPass technology, and with Visa payWave - a mobile application that allows phone users to make payments at the point of sale.
The handset retains most of the specifications of the previous Nokia Lumia 610, which was designed as as a low-cost entry-level Windows Phone. The device is expected to land in the UK in the latter half of 2012, and Orange will be the first mobile phone network to offer it to customers.
Yves Maitre, senior vice-president of mobile multimedia and devices at Orange, said: “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.”