Future BlackBerry handsets will feature Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, it has been confirmed, offering users contactless payments a la Oyster cards.
Jim Balsillie, co-Chief Executive Officer at BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion (RIM), confirmed plans to include NFC in the business blowers during his keynote address at the Mobile World Congress.
According to Balsillie, “many, if not most” BlackBerrys coming to market this year will include a chip to enable the payment method, with only the lowest end models in the range likely to miss out.
News of RIM’s plans comes amid mounting backing for NFC among smartphone manufacturers.
The Google Nexus S, which hit stores back in December, is NFC enabled, and LG, Sony Ericsson and HTC have pledged to offer support for the tech in handsets coming to market this year.
As well as turning phones into digital wallets, NFC could also be used to allow phone owners to share information between two devices quickly.