NFC-enabled Smart Phones

NFC enabled phoneWhen we talk about phones with near field communication (NFC) capabilities today, the most notable discussion is around which major smartphone maker has not introduced an NFC-enabled phone to the market. That's right, it's Apple, the creator of the highly successful iPhone.

While rumors abounded over the summer that the next version of the iPhone, the iPhone 5 would in fact have an NFC chip, the recent launch disproved that possibility. Reports claim that Apple is concerned about NFC security, and some experts believe there was simply no room in the ultra-thin case for another chip.

Regardless of the reason, an abundance of other smartphone manufacturers are testing the waters with NFC-enabled phones. At the recent Olympic Games in London, Samsung and Visa partnered to offer each Olympic athlete a new Samsung Galaxy SIII with NFC and an Olympic mobile wallet app. The athletes could use the phones to access events and make payments for the duration of the Games.

Below is a list of NFC-enabled phones that are available today, by operating system. And if this isn’t enough to make your head spin, see a more comprehensive list of phones available worldwide, and those coming soon, including tablets and PDAs.


Acer E320 Liquid Express

Acer Cloud Mobile

Acer Liquid Glow

Fujitsu Arrows μ F-07D

Google Galaxy Nexus

Google Nexus 7, Q, S

Motorola Droid Razr

HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE,



Lenovo K800

LG Optimus LTE, Net, Vu, L5, L7

LG Viper

Panasonic Eluga

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze

Samsung Advance, Mini 2, Ace 2

Sony Xperia Sola, P, Ion


BlackBerry Bold 9790, 9900, 9930

BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360, 9370, 9380


DLI 9000

Nokia Lumina 610 NFC

Toshiba TG01

Windows Phone 8 (coming this Fall)

ZTE Orbit 

The good news is, if you want to use NFC to make wireless payments, there are workarounds for Android phones and iPhones. Android users can insert an NFC-enabled MicroSD card into their phones and affix a booster sticker to the inside of their battery cover to amplify the NFC signal. iPhone users can use Moneto’s patented iPhone case embedded with NFC.

See related articles:

NFC Goes Micro

Prevent Electronic Pickpocketing, Security Measures For RFID and NFC Credit Cards

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 Moves Forward with Mobile Payment Options

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