The T-Mobile Nokia Astound has NFC built in, but it’ll be turned off by default

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Nokia’s C7, which launched in Europe last fall and became the second smartphone to ship with Symbian^3, was recently announced for the American markets under the name “Astound“. It’s going to be sold by T-Mobile for $80 with a 2 year contract, which is cheap, but not cheap enough if you ask us, and one of the more interesting features it has is support for near field communication (NFC) technology. Now we’ve known for a long time that the C7 has NFC support built in, but Nokia, in an effort to get the device out to market faster, said that they’ll write the software to support said near field chip and ship it as part of a software update. This isn’t going to be the case with the Astound. It’s going to ship with support for NFC right out of the box, but, and this is a big but, it’s going to be turned off by default. Anyone who has ever tried navigating through Nokia’s menu system, trying to find the setting that’ll turn a radio on and off, will know how painfully frustrating the experience can be. Here’s hoping that there’s a simply NFC application a user can access with less than 5 key presses that will let them activate or disable one of the most important pieces of technology that will come out this year.

T-Mobile, along with Verizon and AT&T, have committed to making NFC take off in America when they formed Isis late last year. It’s going to be a joint venture that everyone will have an equal stake in and the goal is to get people making mobile payments using their operator as a trusted party versus a bank or some other entity like PayPal or iTunes. It’s not going to be easy, and we’ve yet to hear anything from Isis, but we’re cautiously optimistic this will work.

[Image above is a frame from a video shot by The Nokia Blog]

  • Anonymous

    Funny, turning radios on and off on my C7 is really easy and more elegant some others i could mention.

  • http://actualasianmale.com Al Pavangkanan

    All you have to do is add the NFC widget to a homescreen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3VS66BNYVRYOH5WPJJKG73V6DY Damien

    Nokia menu system is easy, it only takes common sense.

  • Anonymous

    Another biased and ignorant article concerning a Nokia product. Stefan, you do realize that you have made yourself look uneducated, simpleminded and ignorant of the facts. So instead of trying it for yourself, doing research or any kind of journalistic work, you add a misinformed, clearly negative, designed to sway people from purchasing the product, ill-conceived, steeped in the mind of a simpleton article.

    Really? An article about NFC being turned off? Really Stefan? You find a way to make that a negative and take a cheap shot at Symbian^3? No Really?

    The next time you write an article, go ahead and complain that bluetooth is turned off by default on most OSes, oh wait, wifi is turned off too…conspiracy!!!!! Man, it is such a negative that Google/HTC/T-Mobile turned wifi off by default on my wifes G2 and it is such a CHORE to go in to settings, wireless and networking, turn on wifi and select a network and enter the key!!!!!!!!! -1 for Android because an optional feature isn’t on by default!!!! They MUST have wifi bluetooth on by default for all devices so that we can have massive battery complaints! Who in the right mind wants or needs choice and who is smart enough to go to settings or add a widget!!!!! That is stupid.

    Really, this article is a disservice to readers of intomobile and to anyone looking for a great smartphone at a great price. Your bias is unnecessary and adds nothing to help a customer make a fair and balanced decision. You shouldnt try to get people to agree with your biased, uninformed opinion but rather report factual information. What is the point of your efforts to slight Symbian/Nokia? What fears do you have? What? That someone may buy the device and realize that it is great and well worth the asking price? That they will realize that more expensive phone arent made as nicely or do as much? Or that Symbian^3 and Nokia are NOT the stinking pile of poo that you and other US centric writers try so hard to make consumers believe.

    I expected integrity from intomobile and maybe I should look elsewhere.

    P.S. Maybe the site should be called intocertainmobiles.com if you are going to slander and post misinformed, negative and ignorant articles for mobiles that your are not historically into and havent even used in the latest iteriation.

  • Anonymous

    Another biased and ignorant article concerning a Nokia product. Stefan, you do realize that you have made yourself look uneducated, simpleminded and ignorant of the facts. So instead of trying it for yourself, doing research or any kind of journalistic work, you add a misinformed, clearly negative, designed to sway people from purchasing the product, ill-conceived, steeped in the mind of a simpleton article.

    Really? An article about NFC being turned off? Really Stefan? You find a way to make that a negative and take a cheap shot at Symbian^3? No Really?

    The next time you write an article, go ahead and complain that bluetooth is turned off by default on most OSes, oh wait, wifi is turned off too…conspiracy!!!!! Man, it is such a negative that Google/HTC/T-Mobile turned wifi off by default on my wifes G2 and it is such a CHORE to go in to settings, wireless and networking, turn on wifi and select a network and enter the key!!!!!!!!! -1 for Android because an optional feature isn’t on by default!!!! They MUST have wifi bluetooth on by default for all devices so that we can have massive battery complaints! Who in the right mind wants or needs choice and who is smart enough to go to settings or add a widget!!!!! That is stupid.

    Really, this article is a disservice to readers of intomobile and to anyone looking for a great smartphone at a great price. Your bias is unnecessary and adds nothing to help a customer make a fair and balanced decision. You shouldnt try to get people to agree with your biased, uninformed opinion but rather report factual information. What is the point of your efforts to slight Symbian/Nokia? What fears do you have? What? That someone may buy the device and realize that it is great and well worth the asking price? That they will realize that more expensive phone arent made as nicely or do as much? Or that Symbian^3 and Nokia are NOT the stinking pile of poo that you and other US centric writers try so hard to make consumers believe.

    I expected integrity from intomobile and maybe I should look elsewhere.

    P.S. Maybe the site should be called intocertainmobiles.com if you are going to slander and post misinformed, negative and ignorant articles for mobiles that your are not historically into and havent even used in the latest iteriation.

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