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Orange reckons that half the smartphones it sells in 2011 will have NFC built in, planning to ship half a million NFC-equipped handsets in the next 12 months. Not in the UK of course, Everything Everywhere has its own NFC plans, but in France Orange still start selling an NFC-equipped dumb phone in January and promises to …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    NFC - Can we disable it?

    If not then this is a MEGA FAIL.

    As a victim of Identity theft, maybe I'm overly paranoid but anthing that makes it even remotely possible to steal stuff from you is bad.

    How long before the Malware boys get hacking this? Not very long I bet.

    I'll be changing my phone in the middle of next year. Guess what questions I'll be asking the salesman?

  2. stucs201

    Payment method already integrated into other devices

    But if they replace credit cards with phones how am I going to get ice off my windscreen? No way I'm using a 300 quid phone to scrape ice when I used to get a shiny gold ice-scrapper for free from Barclays.

    (mines the one with a pile of snapped credit cards in the pocket)

  3. Anonymous Coward

    A 0.5m phone? That won't fit in my pocket...

    ...but there should be space for a good large screen at least.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Worth reading....

    Rub the lump in my pocket and get rich, baby

    Now there's a chat up line.

  5. Giles Jones Gold badge


    If with NFC you have to enter a PIN then how is this of any benefit?

    They're just solving a problem that doesn't really exist.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's time will come

    ...although the "killer app" will probably be something we can predict now

  7. Iainn
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    Only after the acronym was used 6 times did I find out what NFC meant and I'm still none the wiser. Off to Wikipedia...

  8. Robert E A Harvey

    oh dear

    Another reason to keep my 8 year old phone.

    Look, lads, try asking if I want my phone to be my wallet. And then listen to the sodding answer.

  9. Neal 5

    As we say in the trade

    fuck that for a game of soldiers.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Nokia C7 has NFC chip too

    But since it's not Android it's probably not worth mentioning in Goolture central...

  11. IsJustabloke


    Being France these things will be a big hit.

    They embraced the whole smart card thing long before the rest of Europe being too lazy tocarry wallets. ;-)

    And if its ahit for Orange in France, it WILL arrive here in the UK.

    I avoid the whole wave and pay random people technology by not having an account with any company that forces me to use it... Yes barclaycard, I'm looking at you and I told you why..

    Of course the time will come when I have no choice but for now....

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