Nokia brings NFC to Nokia Lumia 610 smartphone with operator Orange

Orange will be the first operator to range the Lumia 610 NFC, which can pair with NFC accessories and read NFC tags.
The Lumia 610 NFC also has the hardware and software enablers for the implementation of NFC payment and ticketing solutions, and 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.

According to Ilari Nurmi, head of product marketing for Nokia’s Smart Devices business unit, Nokia continues to lead the field in NFC with this latest implementation on the Windows Phone platform, in which Nokia has the full support of Orange. Nokia is bringing NFC right across our portfolio, and together with growing range of NFC accessories Nokia is making it easy for people to connect via a single tap. Nokia is also enabling operators and other service providers to build NFC payment and ticketing solutions on top of the Nokia smartphones.

Yves Maitre, Senior VP Mobile Multimedia & Devices at Orange adds that Orange is committed to rolling out mobile NFC services in all its European territories and as part of this goal he is  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. Orange is 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.

MasterCard PayPass technology provides consumers with a fast and convenient alternative to cash at the point of sale for their everyday purchases. Devices certified by MasterCard, such as the Lumia 610 NFC, go through a rigorous testing process by a MasterCard accredited laboratory to ensure they will work seamlessly with the PayPass network.