Version of the handset with NFC capabilities to launch first through the operator in the third quarter of this year
Orange will be the first operator to range an NFC version of the Nokia Lumia 610 when the handset goes on sale in Q3.
The Windows Phone handset has been certified for contactless payments both with MasterCard PayPass technology and with Visa’s mobile application for payments at the point of sale, Visa payWave. It can also pair with NFC accessories and read NFC tags.
Orange senior vice president of mobile multimedia and devices Yves Maitre said: “Orange is committed to rolling out mobile NFC services in all its European territories and as part of this goal we’re very excited to be the first operator to launch the Lumia 610 NFC.
“The Nokia Lumia smartphones have been very well received by Orange customers. We are now going one step further and adding an NFC-enabled handset to this popular range of devices, enabling people to use contactless services via a single tap. Nokia is a natural fit for us regarding NFC and, like Orange, has shown a very early commitment to the standard.”
Nokia Smart Devices business unit head of product marketing Ilari Nurmi said: “We’re bringing NFC right across our portfolio, and together with our ever-growing range of NFC accessories we’re making it easy for people to connect via a single tap.
“We’re also enabling operators and other service providers to build NFC payment and ticketing solutions on top of our smartphones.”