- 11-05-2012, 11:59 PM #1
Ok, this might be a totally ignorant/noob question, but here it goes.
If a phone has NFC capabilities, do you need an NFC SIM card to use NFC?
Is NFC a technology of the phone or of the SIM card? Or is the NFC SIM card just 'more secure' than a regular SIM Card (and if so, how/why?).
If you need an NFC SIM card to use NFC, should I expect AT&T (my carrier) to give me one for free when I purchase my new phone (Lumia 920)?
I'm really trying to understand this NFC thing, it's completely new to me and I'd like to take advantage of it.
11-06-2012, 12:28 AM #2
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No, NFC is a hardware feature, just like Bluetooth. It stands for Near Field Communication. It allows you to perform operations with special tags in very close proximity. About a couple inches. Such as paying for something by putting your phone close to a pad that can read NFC info. I have no experience with NFC Sims, but you do not need one to use NFC on your phone. Hope that helps you.
- 11-06-2012, 01:51 AM #3
NFC simcards are used for mobile payments.
NFC itself is a whole lot of stuff which works without a special SIM... problem being most people think NFC is only for payments.
I used NFC for a year now on my bold 9900 for changing settings at work, home, car etc
- 11-06-2012, 02:52 AM #4
Thank you for the replies.
I'd like to use the Wallet app along with NFC, so I'm thinking a secure/NFC SIM would be preferred. Although I don't know exactly what the difference is between a secure/NFC SIM and a regular one is.
- 11-06-2012, 03:28 AM #5
Yeah, as mentioned, the NFC SIMs are often (always?) required for mobile payments are they are safer.
Sadly, theres like 0 implementations of NFC in Finland this far. It's weird.