NFC being disabled on the AT&T BlackBerry Bold 9900?

nfc-logo

An undocumented rumour is suggesting that AT&T will be blocking near-field communications in their upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9900 at the software level. That said, there might be couple of workarounds found by the BlackBerry community at large post-launch. It’s not a huge loss, since NFC usage isn’t particularly widespread, but it does seem like a bit of a dick move. Carriers have never been shy about leveraging the control RIM hands them on a silver platter to remotely nuke functions like GPS and Bluetooth file transfers, but what does AT&T have to gain from removing NFC? Do they need some extra time to figure out how they’ll snag a cut of every contactless transaction? Or maybe it’s something more mundane, like getting through their lengthy testing process. Supposedly that’s what slowed down the rollout of the PlayBook’s Bridge function on AT&T BlackBerry smartphones.

One guy here at the BBM Apps Hackathon in New York has an AT&T 9900, and said he didn’t have an issues accessing the NFC features, so hopefully this rumour doesn’t pan out. Besides, the thing might not be launching until November, so who knows what it will look like come launch. What do you guys think – is this a necessary feature to keep the BlackBerry Bold 9900 reasonably competitive, or is NFC technology still too young to be useful?

[via TechnoBuffalo]

  • Anonymous

    Its to not compete with a certain phone the might have NFC that has yet to be released…..

    Plus this is coming from the company that has a “wait and see” attitude on LTE. Innovation is sure alive and well in the land of AT&T.

  • http://www.blackberry-unlocking.org Blackberry unlocking

    AT&T users are witing for the Blackberry BOLD 9900 too long… now this? i got my Blackberry Bold 9900 unlocked from Rogers.. can work with a 3G sim card from AT&T just great… way wait so long if you can get a cheaper Blackberry 9900 from Rogers and use it with your SIM card after unlocking it?

  • http://www.blackberry-unlocking.org Blackberry unlocking

    AT&T users are witing for the Blackberry BOLD 9900 too long… now this? i got my Blackberry Bold 9900 unlocked from Rogers.. can work with a 3G sim card from AT&T just great… way wait so long if you can get a cheaper Blackberry 9900 from Rogers and use it with your SIM card after unlocking it?

  • Hildi710

    Okay, here’s the deal if you must have a 9900 and you have ATT, then buy and OEM unlocked phone its worth every penny..

  • Tomperdikoylis

     I have the AT&T Bold 9900.  Under Manage Connections, the “Near Field Communication” on/off option is missing.  In the applications folder, the “smart tags” icon is missing.

    It reminds me of how AT&T used to block the blackberry maps app and you had to do a workaround to get the bb maps icon to show up and run.

Back to top ▴