Nokia has announced that it’ll be producing an NFC version of the Nokia Lumia 610 smartphone. The Nokia Lumia 610 NFC has been certified for contactless payments with MasterCard PayPass technology and Visa payWave. It’s expected to launch on Orange networks early in the third quarter of 2012.
Ilari Nurmi, head of product marketing for Nokia’s Smart Devices business unit, said “Nokia continues to lead the field in NFC with this latest implementation on the Windows Phone platform, in which we have the full support of Orange. We’re bringing NFC right across our portfolio, and together with our ever-growing range of NFC accessories we’re making it easy for people to connect via a single tap. We’re also enabling operators and other service providers to build NFC payment and ticketing solutions on top of our smartphones.”
However, it’s not entirely been a good day for Nokia. The company has admitted that its US flagship device, the Lumia 900, is suffering from a software issue that’s caused problems with data connectivity. Customers are being offered replacement phones if they don’t want to wait for next week’s software update and are also receiving a $100 credit on their AT&T bill.
In addition, Nokia says next week’s quarterly results will show lower figures than previously expected. Full results will be reported on Thursday 19th April.
[Nokia Conversations blog]