Today, RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie confirmed that upcoming new BlackBerry smartphones will contain Near Field Communication chips this year. During a keynote shared with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and NTT DoCoMo CEO Riuji Yamada at Mobile World Congress, Balsillie said:
NFC is being promoted aggressively by cell phone makers, carriers, banks and other companies looking to profit from the new mobile payment systems NFC will provide. The upcoming BlackBerry devices for 2011 should all have NFC capability as well.
“many, if not most” of his company’s smartphones released this year would include NFC capabilities.