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Sprint Plans on Including NFC in LTE Smartphones

Posted In News - By Mark Hearn On Thursday, January 12th, 2012 12:28pm PST With 4 Comments

Slowly but surely Sprint is starting to open up about their LTE game plan and we must say, we’re liking what we’re seeing. A recent interview with Sprint’s director of consumer product marketing,┬áTrevor Van Norman revealed that Sprint plans on including Near-Field-Communications in almost all of their upcoming LTE smartphones. The only possible exception may be low-end bargain bin handsets, which may not include the extra hardware to eliminate additional costs.

Taking somewhat of a gamble, Van Norman went on to say “we’re making a big bet, there’s no learning curve with NFC.” Sprint is currently a major Google Wallet partner, which most likely explains this strategic move. Pairing a brand new next-gen network with the potential future of retail cash exchange, will hopefully give the Now Network an early jump on the competition.

 

Source: LR Mobile

About - Mark is the founding father of SprintFeed. He is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. His love affair with the Now Network started with the release of the Treo 600 back in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. Highly opinionated and somewhat eccentric he shares his ramblings about his network of choice here at SprintFeed.

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  1. Tommy Thompson says:

    Can’t say I was ever really excited about NFC. Seems interesting, but it is nice to see a carrier embrace with open arms..

  2. Anonymous says:

    It seems kind of silly for other carriers to not include support for Google Wallet considering it’s the most widely used NFC consumer payment system. Is Sprint the only cell phone company that actually has a brain?

  3. Tommy Thompson says:

    I’m okay with Sprint being the only carrier being buddy buddy with Google, just means more benefits for us down the road..

  4. Brian Wenger says:

    It’s because the other carriers are working on ISIS to compete with Google Wallet. Kinda sucks they don’t give us the option right away, but you can still install it fairly easily if you have the Verizon Nexus.

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