While in Waterloo, Ontario last week visiting BlackBerry headquarters, I got a sneak peek of the upcoming BlackBerry Tag application for NFC-enabled BlackBerry Smartphones. Current NFC enabled BlackBerry Smartphones include the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 (on most carriers), the BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 and soon to be released Curve 9380 and Bold 9790.
While the potential for NFC is pretty huge and awesome -- see this CrackBerry article explaining NFC to learn more -- its real word day to day consumer use is still rather limited. A lot of big players (carriers, banks, merchants, etc.) all need to get their ducks in a row before you start seeing things like NFC phone payment become mainstream in North America. RIM is committed to NFC and is making sure to equip its new phones with the functionality so that as NFC usage increases, BlackBerry is right there.
BlackBerry Tag will be a great RIGHT NOW app that won't require any waiting, but will allow you to start putting that NFC functionality to use as soon as the app becomes available (which we're told is soon!). Bringing two NFC-enabled BlackBerry Smartphones together you'll be able to add each other to BBM, share contact info, files, photos and more. Check out the video above to learn more and see BlackBerry Tag in action, and visit this post for more details on BlackBerry Tag.
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