March 2nd, 2011 By Jack Morton
Near field communications (NFC) will represent the future of mobile payment. Stephen Bates, RIM’s Managing Director in the UK, has boldly proclaimed that “all of our new devices moving forward” will have NFC tech built into them. This goes into everything from entry-level Pearls to top-end Torches and Bolds. Bates envisions NFC Berries providing a system similar to Hong-Kong’s Octopus card where people tap and go at subways, 7-eleven, or any retailer equipped to accept NFC payments. If a few more manufacturer like Apple, HTC, Samsung jump on the bandwagon NFC might finally break into the mainstream.