Sunday, December 19, 2010

Orange leads NFC charge in Europe - Rethink Wireless

Orange, the key France Telecom brand, has announced that it will roll out near field communications-enabled handsets across its whole European Union footprint starting in the second half of 2011.

These phones can be used to pay for goods by wanding the devices near special retail terminals. Orange will kick off its initiative in its home base of France, and among its postpaid user base. It expects to have 500,000 French customers equipped with NFC by the end of 2011.

Orange told handset vendors at a meeting that it aimed to see NFC included in over half the new smartphone models it buys next year. Orange is the first European operator to make such a clear commitment to the development of mobile contactless services.

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