How to use NFC on BlackBerry OS 10.2.1

By James Richardson on 27 Feb 2014 12:06 pm
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File sharing via NFC is nothing new for BlackBerry 10 users, although from my experience it's not used nearly as much as it should be. There isn't an easier way to share something with a friend - as long as they have a smartphone with NFC. Fortunately, all BlackBerry 10 devices have NFC - unlike a few competitors that still seem to be lagging behind on that front. 

I suppose one of the most common uses for it would be sharing pictures, but it doesn't have to stop there. There's a bunch of stuff you can use NFC for, such as video and music sharing, browser pages, adding a new BBM contact, exchanging contact cards and more. 

With NFC turned on and you finding the need to share something with a buddy all you need to do is tap the backs of the phone together. The recipient will get a pop up box asking if they wish to accept and that's it - simple. 

Switching on NFC: 

  • Open settings (swipe down from top bezel)
  • Select Network and Connections
  • Select NFC and then toggle on
  • Get tapping 

There you have it - sharing doesn't get much easier than that. Is NFC a feature that you tend to use regularly? Let us know in the comments?

148 comments

dloewen2

Or you can use it at Tim Hortons to pay for your coffee!!

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jojo beaconsfield

@dleowen2...Double Double Please!!

HighFlight88

My most common use for NFC - Timmy's, but have used for file sharing a few times.

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ScottDionBrown

Yup. My main use for NFC. Used it today.

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thecsman

Shayeah! Timmy app FTW!

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edriss

I started going to Timmy just because of this app! 2 times a day and my wife and I share the same account on our Z10's.

So sorry girls coffee for one when hanging out with me, or else Mt wife will figure out I have SOOOO many mistresses!

I also use my NFC for transferring files, pictures share links/apps and contacts with other BlackBerry 7 or 10 users and some Driod lovers.

I would like to program some of my own chips to have one at my home door and one in the car just to switch my phone from home to away mode and then to driving mode! It would nice

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jungleman99

Tap to pay is the only way!!

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5parkey

Great bit of info, ive already done a few of my own

blackberry519

Thank god I found N4BB, they actually break news, unlike these posts, which are getting insane "how to do something so easy, that if you can't figure it out you won't be using it anyways"

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Edwin Gonzalez5

Thanks for sharing :)

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edriss

Ummmm I'm glad there is just Burger King for me to get fast food from!

This is what his sharing makes think of his brilliant logic.

CB does an excellent job for bringing information to people who are not BlackBerry or technically inclined

I refer all my technically challenge (and some "advanced" people) to CB as the BEST resource for learning, how to and features of a BlackBerry device!

Every character typed on this site is worth is width in GOLD (IMO)

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slagman5

Wow, I'm so amazed by that. Definitely going into my memoirs.

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Jubei Raziel

Lol. I'm with you on N4BB. I find their breaking news stronger, faster, unique and their content better than this site but throwing around the complaint here in CrackBerry doesn't exactly serve a purpose friend.

jimlockhead

The article is informative though not to everyone. After reading this, I transferred photos between my Z10 and Galaxy S4 and the result was awesome

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Jubei Raziel

It's not about THIS particular article. If you visit N4BB.com, you'll see what the top guy was complaining about. I enjoy both sites as they both have their strengths. I don't agree with complaining publicly here even though I sympathize with the top commenter.

vinteenovedejulho

So if is better info on other sites why then come here & complain like a little baby???
Ever think that some are new users & just getting used to the features in BB10???
You clowns need to think before you write!!!
I would love to see a app that would txt your friends to slap you when you are about to post some self absorbed asinine verbal diarrhea.......

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Jubei Raziel

Well don't stone the guy...lol I'm sure he wants CrackBerry to be the best site out there as we all do but there are other sites that have their strengths. I'm sure he could've worded it better but I'm not going to invalidate his point... this article being put out on February 27, 2014 is about a technology that is over 7 years old, on an OS that is over a year old and published on "The latest" news feed. Meanwhile on N4BB, they have articles from a possible playbook 2 to charts on how BBM compares with the competition to BBM Money being developed.

vinteenovedejulho

@RazielDark....from my experience as a recent (7 mths) BB10 user, it is nice that all this "obvious" info is easily available because is no fun to search through tons of data to find tips & tricks on how to be proficient with this device.
What these clowns fail to realize is that they were once in my place because they did not automatically gain all this knowledge the minute they put hands on their device.
They learned this also step by step from someone that was likely more knowledgeable but less arrogant than them.

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Jubei Raziel

Yeah... I hear you. Fortunately everything to be learned on your BB10 device can be done straight out of the phone. If you click on the Help Icon on your phone, you'll find a ton of video tutorials and descriptions on how to work/access every single thing on your phone including shortcuts.
Something CrackBerry has yet to do a feature on.

luvsql

Breaking News: Believe it or not, which I'm sure you don't, there are actually things that you don't know how to do. This site is for the masses not just one person, so if you know how to do something already, good for you. We don't need to hear about it either.

Qurve

Brainy comment indeed mate...

Just assume for example that not all readers are so 'sophisticated' as you are to be using CB10 :). but simply visit the site for some useful articles...

As for me, more often than not I read the simple 'how to' pieces here mostly for the collective wisdom that sprinkles in the comments following the article! :)

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w1sd0m.t00th

I am sure that most of the users know how to share with NFC, that's why it is common! What about uncommon uses?

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jrohland

I use NFC tags (http://www.amazon.com/Black-NTAG203-Tags-From-NFCGuyz/dp/B00CD94ES0/ref=...) at work. I have them stuck to my desk. When I get in I tap the On Station tag. It composes an email to the Administration department to let them know I'm in the office. And a few others for routine communications. You may need 1K tags for some stuff. The ones in the URL above are 144 character tags.

coffee-turtle

What do you use to create your NFC tasks?

edriss

Smart Tags app on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or Tag Writer(can't remember what it is called but I think that is it) app on BBOS10

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GreenCopperz

Used on few occasions to share pics, used 3 times at Tin Hortons. I would like to get rags to automate various tasks. I would use this feature daily.

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Prem WatsApp

Automatic rags? T...sk

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Dipak Rathod

Not used NFC much....but after this post surely like to try. rgds,

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mgm03gs

Been trying to use it since I got my z10 in July. Can share links and contacts with Mt girlfriends GS3 but can't send/receive pics. Works fine with my brothers note 2 though

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Richard Doucet

Did you try disabling s-beam on the s3

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StorCan

I have introduced many to NFC. Most do not under stand the technology and so do not use it. I disagree with the posts that say it's old news. Unless you are a tech geek it is new... and the market for BlackBerry needs to grow beyond the few enlightened users.

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RP Singh

The problem with growing the market beyond enlightened users is you end up with an applesque product. The problem with not doing it is you end up with insufficient customers. Boo.

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Patrick Milot

I'm eager to use nfc for payments in stores and restaurants. NO MORE WALLET !

Torch - Bold9790 - Bold9900 - PlayBook - Z10

daves_25

I'm with you there. Have it use my payment information tied to my BBID.

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qually

Doesn't work properly with android apps.

Atmarix

Doesn't work transferring stuff from/to android phones

From my White Z30

LeroyP09

It does. Disabled the S-Beam on SG devices

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redk

It's cool to do but much easier to share a picture with BBM

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Creaturefear

NFC doesn't use data. It transfers directly phone to phone. So far I don't think there is a size limit.

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Creaturefear

NFC doesn't use data. It transfers directly phone to phone. So far I don't think there is a size limit.

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jojo beaconsfield

It's going to be huge but taking off is slow as hell.

DCBerry21

Here in Indonesia, we can use NFC to check the amount of money left in our rechargeable e-money cards. We can use these cards to pay for toll roads, buses, parking, gas, supermarkets, restaurants, etc. All I have to do is tap the card to the back of my Z10 and it will display the amount left and actually speak it out (very helpful when I'm driving and about to enter the toll road).

coffee-turtle

+1 Love those uses and your BB tie in!

Asuhmiaseh

Awesome. Provides a growing awareness of capabilities/uses.

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Mr.KLScott

Now that's innovation in action. I love it love it love it love it love it

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za_berry

Can you share a link where I can get more info on this. Would like to expend on this option here in South Africa

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DCBerry21

The card's name is "Mandiri e-money". If you google it, the top results should be links to their site and their app on BlackBerry World. Hope that helps.

Monica Buruato

Haven't used it but aware of it. Does it work even with a cover on the phone?

battleax78

For mine it still does.

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ScottDionBrown

Yup. I have an Otterbox case on my Q10 and I use it at Tim Hortons all the time.

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snpd

Are such articles really necessary, come on CB. Or is BB10 so complicated or the user base that stupid?

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thatplaybookguy

are such comments necessary, or are you so arrogant that you think it is not needed for those new to the os?

MrJohnyBoy

Sounds like he has a attitude problem...they have shrinks for that :)

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barney009

If you find the article so unnecessary why bother reading them? I don't read every post, just the ones I'm interested in. People who've come from an iPhone probably have no idea what NFC is, so helping them get the most out of their phones can only be a good thing.

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Asuhmiaseh

Well said. Wish some folks would just take a breath and relax.

Don Diego endorses the Zed.

seesya5

Enjoy the BlackBerry community or get out. Your comment is not productive to the ones here looking for help.

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rsukmv

BB 10 device on my country not support NFC,

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Dave XII

bought a few cheap stickers and recorded macros with built in 'smart tags' app :) Call x, Connect to x etc....

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Big V 1978

Where did you by the NFC Tags? Can't find tags in South Africa.

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Dave XII

amazon...

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EchoesFX

You can add it to the quick settings drop down to save time too :)

Had to wait a year until anyone else I knew had a capable phone, NOW this feature is getting use.

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slagman5

The reason why I didn't add it to mine is because I keep it on all of the time anyway, so no need for it to take up space in the quick menu. I have things there I switch on and off often like wifi, flashlight, notifications, alarms, and things like that. :-)

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Prem WatsApp

Put it on the second page of quick settings, then you can access it with a side swipe. Try it, you'll be surprised.

Just load up, no need to be frugal here!

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

slagman5

Well, in order to get to the second page I need to add more than 8 shortcuts. If they had the option to make each page only 6 shortcuts I would do that. I feel it opens too big with 8 shortcuts. I like it with 6 where it doesn't pull all the way down to the bottom of the screen. :-P

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Prem WatsApp

That's right. Either other platforms or their user base are so behind, it will take time for that to take off.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

df8699

Can't share photos with galaxy s3

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perry34

Make sure S-Beam is disabled on the s3.

KDB84

Never used it.

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slagman5

I use NFC every day because I have a BB music gateway in my car. But I literally don't have any friends with a BB10 device so we can share other things with it... :-(

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tmommy

But... my son (S4) and I share photos all the time. I only know one other person with a BB10 device and I still love and use NFC.

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freedomx20a

i love using this for timmys.

X3T

Noticed something new with nfc on 10.2.1, when using smart tags you can select an option to disable the confirmation box now!

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billsterjito

I wish it was easier to get NFC tags. like in a local store instead of having to buy them online. Anyone know of a Retailer in Canada that has these in stock?

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rocker_man1

Problem is so few other phones have NFC

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Ayodeleii

I don't have NFC on my Q5, what could be the problem?

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omega supreme

Never used it because I don't know any others with a blackberry and those with other phones find it easier to simply send it in a text then to rattle around their phone looking to turn on nfc...not to mention it puts a nice strain on your battery by leaving it on....
however I would use it if i knew how you can pay for things with it as some have indicated. Do you add your bank card to it? PayPal? I know I would freak people out if they saw me pay for things with my phone, prompting me to tell them "it's a blackberry. " ;p

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BigAl_BB9900

my most common use of NFC (on my Q10) is to pair my phone with a bluetooth music player device - it's also very useful in some museums and the like to get info about exhibits

Sayumi Whisp

Confusing is, that often functions will explain that work for bb10 not only 10.2.1 for users that many new and have not the newest upgrade it's not the best way. :)

Wenn du mir sagst, was dort draußen richtig ist, werde ich nicht mehr versuchen dich zu küssen... (Sayumi Whisp) www.sayumi.de

fxiddy

I keep getting an error message when I try to share a photo with my son's brand new Z10...

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Mel25

Can you send any size file like blue tooth?

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glrobita

Only use it at Tim Hortons.

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outdoorsman67

NFC is a good way of sharing things but the problem is that with so many IPhones out there, which if you didn't know doesn't have this capability, then there are not as many folks to share it with. This article is good because it helps to inform people of which platform is really behind.

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CecilTsunami

When my sister got her Z30, I was with her for the three hour drive home. I used NFC to send her my entire music library.

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chocol8thunda

How do you use it at Tims?

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ScottDionBrown

Get the 'Timmy Me' app from BlackBerry world. Make an account at the Tim Hortons website and sync up a Tim Card (You'll have to buy one). It's best to set up the Tim Card to automatically reload when it gets below a certain amount. It then automatically charges your credit card.

To actually use NFC, enable NFC, open the app when you want to pay and tell them you're paying with Tim Card. Click 'Pay Now' in the app and hold your phone over the debit machine. It'll charge automatically.

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ORIGINQuest

You have to download the TimmyMe app from BlackBerry World. You'll need to have a Tim's Card to set up the app, but afterwards you can reload the Tim's Card/app using a credit card. NFC payment through the TimmyMe app is limited to BlackBerry 10 right now...they look at me like I'm from the future when I use it. :D
Good luck on roll up the rim!

Steven Bolen

what does an Iphone use when the "Bump", Bluetooth?

imcurved

Is this different from using nfc in 10.1? Or the instructions apply to all versions of BB10? Thanks.

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cyberjunkie1

I found NFC slow when transferring photos and videos. It's great but I wish it would be faster.

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DraganCelan

And if you're running 10.2.1, you can add NFC to your quick settings so it's right there when you swipe down.

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Nate650

Did not know this, thanks. I've been using Bluetooth which can be slow.

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BBUniq01

I use mine with smart tags for my car stereo and WiFi connectivity in my home.

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BellCellGuy

PLEASE HELP
I don't know how or why. But every time I use my nfc to share a picture it auto launches my calander. It used to work fine. I have deleted some apps since it used to prompt me with different app options, none I wanted and picture viewing was never an option. Very frustrating.

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psparks

I would but it does not appear a lot of merchants use it in my area.

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Raptor5007

I want someone to make a game that you can play two player through nfc. Haven't seen nothing like that yet.

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fanisk

It is very useful feature but frankly I have never used it.

Sent from my Z 30

jdcfinisher

I use it almost every day at tim's. Just got a Samsung nfc blue tooth speaker. I tap it when I use it and my girlfriend taps it with her phone when she wants to use it .

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dan1289

I'm going to use it to login to windows 8 with the Asus nfc express box:)

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BerryRipe

My question is why do these videos pop up on youtube days before they appear as articles here on the CB10 app?

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Dovi2

You share .apk files as well.

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bigmac_4000

Curious to know if this is just me or others. I tried the timmies app and it beeped but kept giving errors so i tried with my Z10 to my Z30 and gave errors. Removed both otter boxes and worked flawlessly. If i have to have my otter boxes removed it's useless to my. Neither phone has ever seen fingerprints. They are my babies lol.

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ScottDionBrown

I have an Otterbox on my Q10 and I've never had a problem paying at Timmys.

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thecsman

Most use is for sharing pages with my Android buddies.

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wojciechp

Wouldn't be just easier to add NFC to Quick Settings menu so that this way it's always available by just swiping from the top and selecting NFC (on/off)?

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URBANINDO

I never use it..I use sending files threw BBM and Whatsapp or on FB. Besides that it's a great feature tho

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BlueRocks

I use NFC all the time to swap pictures, addressed, contact information, notes, and more with my wife.

I also have tags set up in my car and at work to take advantage of NFC and change my phone settings as appropriate for each environment.

This kind of article is a god-send for my wife who is not adventurous in trying things out on her own but will follow simple instructions when provided.

Keep it up, CB.

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S_E_P_35

I even used it to xfer a video to my brothers android phone.

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JMDxRIM

No word of a lie, I just ordered 7 smart tags 10 minutes ago as you can set up Smart Triggers now. Toggle wifi, BT, Launch App, enable Dev mode, Airplane Mode, change notifications, etc etc etc. :D

Can't wait to try them.!

Xilus79

Does it work without a network connection (i.e. no wifi or data)? I've tried it with my friends who have Samsung phones but it didn't work offline. Some ppl recommended turning off S-Beam but will it work even if we we're not connected to a network?

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pitouras

No....Its not good advertised although could be very help full

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5star Z30

How is NFC different to Bluetooth?

100% BlackBerry

marcusperkins

So where do you get tags from? I had no idea how NFC works, and just checked it out but it didn't seem that obvious to me.

I went to set up a tag to quickly turn my phone to silent then it told me I had to tap it against a tag.. where do I get the tag?

One of the reasons it hasn't caught on is simply because it's not really that intuitive.

I asked three friends if they could figure it out, they couldn't.

pogsauce

Any news on how far away "paying with NFC" is by using a credit card or mobile phone account?

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darkhawk

I love my NFC tags. I got em on my car, front door, playbook, work locker, bedside table. Made many triggers. Wish they had a trigger for location on/off but lots there on native app!

Aplus23

Every single day. That's how I get all my music

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Gearheadaddy

NFC is actually one of the Quick Setting choices...

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Omnitech

Don't forget the NFC Ring by John McLear, on Kickstarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mclear/nfc-ring
http://nfcring.com/

" The NFC Ring can be used to unlock doors, mobile phones and to transfer information and link people."

Agatonga

How does Nfc work?
Like a key to skip pairing password questions?

Over WHAT radio are files transferred? I believe bluetooth?

I tapped and separated my and friend phone very far and Still transferred.

2ADB71BC_________10-Q Very much.

petikeis

Nfc payments would be nice!

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Z10KW

Yes, I used it at tims and file sharing.

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darkhawk

With regards to battery. Would it be ok to leave this on? And then set up triggers to toggle wifi, bluetooth ect.
well I love the nfc ability and I use it all the time. It has cool factor! Wish you could create qr codes the other then just read seams like an oversite.

Huey Newton

Teach the android people how to use it lol

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hibackhand

You can text any bus stop number to find out when the next bus arrives in Vancouver. I have it set up in Smart Tags app for my bus stop so I know when I have to run out the door. An actual tag by the door would be even more convenient.

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Kobe Barksdale

I used NFC to transfer all my contacts from my BlackBerry Bold 9900 to my Q10 with a simple tap. Awesome thing, saved me a hustle with link

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iseeblackberry

Use it all the time, file sharing, payment

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silversmith75

nice that seems super easy

nickdud

I use nfc daily to connect to my sony blue tooth speaker, it turns the blue tooth on and connects in one tap

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marcusperkins

If this is so easy, how do you set up picture transfer? There are no obvious options for this in the smart tags app. Maybe it just works?

jmanrique81

My husband and I try to use NFC with our phones, but when he tries to share a picture with me, it says that it's not compatible. I can share photos with him, but he can't share with me. We have no idea why... ?????? Anyone else have this problem??

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jb4trucks

I find it slow. Do others?

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sten79

The NFC interface is absolutely perfect not for just sharing but for setting the behaviour of the phone by using NFC tags in different situations as well

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bongar

After reading all the comments about NFC I was intrigued and went and got a Tim card. Today I tried it at the drive in window, first I put it on the keypad it didn't work. The girl told me to touch the window part and like magic it worked. Gotta love BlackBerry

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rfjane

YES! I'm using NFC for pics and file transfer. Best use so far is with my Tim's app... need to let newbie Tim's employees to use the screen machine/Terminal like for a VISA... then make sure you have the BlackBerry Logo on BATTERY door covering the screen of their terminal. No-end of excited Tim's employees seeimg BlackBerry as 'cutting-edge'!!

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PapaEd55

I'm still in the blue tooth mode mainly because I use it to transfer data to my laptop. Very few NFC users here in the Philippines.

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smoulderine

Tried many times but nfc does not work on my z30

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Elessar.cm

I keep NFC in the Quick Settings tray. Use it often. Great for swapping pix and video quickly.

Renzo Javier

As you say it's a great way to simply share all sort of files but it's not being published enough. Spread the word!

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belljam

Lil'help.....my Timmy's app. doesn't seem to work when trying to pay with my Z10. I have NFC turned on, registered my Tim's card, linked it with the app. I choose "pay now" on the app., the little image indicating to tap to pay comes up, but when I tap my Z10 on the drive- thru's hand held terminal to pay ..nothing happens. Zippo. Is there a trick to this?

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belljam

.....just tried again....got the "updating balance" screen....but it just froze at that point. argh!

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belljam

Success!!! For whatever reason, at a different Timmies the app worked!! Why? I have no idea. Could it be something at the specific location in terms of how they set up the transaction?

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dm199913

Would use it for contactless payments like paywave and paypass but BlackBerry does not include a built-in payments app, and not many banking apps include Nfc support. BlackBerry - please include an NFC payments app in the next update!