According to Orange, it will be increasing its selection of NFC-enabled handsets. It will be including more of these phones to its roster in a span of 12 months.
Currently, the network operator has a single NFC-capable handset in its roster. This is the Samsung Tocco Lite. However, the NFC chip-bearing Samsung Galaxy S2 has been announced to be landing in France. This suggests that the Samsung flagship’s NFC version will be landing in the UK as well.
Everything Everywhere’s Director of Mobile Payments & Ticketing, Jason Rees, said, “We’ll be seeing a number of new NFC-capable handsets by the end of the year, giving the contactless capability across the range”
“It will be offered in high end phones, as well as the mid and lower tier devices, and will be supported by all the operating systems you’d expect.
“Next year will be very healthy in terms of NFC-capable phones; if you imagine this year we were looking at launching maybe two or three, by Q3 2012 we aim to have tens of devices across the range.”
Is NFC the next big thing in mobile? It certainly looks this way. The search giant Google has launched it contactless payments service Google Wallet. The London 2012 Olympics will sport NFC services. Lastly, more and more NFC-enabled handsets are starting to pop up.
Do NFC-capable handsets and NFC-related features excite you? Let us know what you think.
If you’re looking for a budget phone, Orange may just have what you are looking for. It has now put the Android-powered Monte Carlo on sale.
If you’re wondering what’s inside this smartphone, it comes with pretty decent specs. It comes with a 4.3 inch touch screen, a 5 MP camera, and an FM radio. It’s got an 800 MHz single-core processor under the hood, Wi-Fi, 3G, and DLNA capabilities, which will allow you to stream media to compatible TVs.
Don’t worry about the Android iteration pre-installed on the smartphone. It is powered by the Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread. This will allow you to enjoy more from the web, apps, and social networks. It also allows you to enjoy every goodie Orange has to offer such as Orange Film to Go and Orange Signal Boost.
You can get the smartphone for free on Orange’s £20 a month plan. You can opt to get cheaper plans and pay £50 for the phone. For pay-as-you-go you’ll have to pay £150 for the handset.
This Gingerbread-powered smartphone is perfect for those on a budget. If you’re looking for a phone that will allow you to enjoy more from Android without having to pay for more, the Monte Carlo is for you.
Do you find the Monte Carlo interesting? Let us know what you think.