Official RIM statement regarding NFC on new devices
If you've already read our BlackBerry Bold 9930 review (if you haven't you really should) then you know that the Verizon Bold 9930 isn't sporting NFC just yet (the GSM Bold 9900 is however). While this was quite a surprise to us, we wanted to do a little digging and see just what gives. It obviously has to do with the carriers and RIM not being in agreement on something, but just what that something is we're not totally sure. RIM released this official statement earlier today:
"RIM believes that NFC is an exciting technology that will enable many new capabilities, and we are aligning with our partners in supporting the overall NFC ecosystem by investing in NFC in our products. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 series are the first to be NFC ready, and we are working closely with carrier partners on their roll out plans for NFC."
So while there still isn't much use in the real world for NFC just yet, some customers looking to pick up a new Bold 9930 maybe be doing so partly for the NFC capabilities. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is all NFC'd up and ready to roll, and although the Bold 9930 even sports that NFC battery door, the option to enable it is mysteriously missing. What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments!