NFC and Windows Phone

The operating system of Windows Phones didn’t support NFC functionalities for quite a long time. However, the introduction of Windows Phone 8 came along with good news for Windows Phone users, because their phones finally supported NFC functionalities. The NFC special edition of Nokia Lumia 610 was NFC-enabled even before the introduction of Windows Phone 8.

Lumia 610 NFC – The first NFC-enabled Windows Phone

As NFC pioneer, Nokia always pushed the spread of the NFC technology forward. Nokia proved once again as NFC pioneer in April 2012 when a special edition of the Nokia entry-level model Lumia 610 was announced. Though the operating system of Lumia 610 wasn’t updated to Windows Phone 8, yet, it supported NFC functionalities.

Windows Phone 8 – NFC on Board

In 2012 Windows Phone 8 finally replaced the previous version of the operating system. The new version came along with full NFC integration and all new appearing Windows Phones were NFC-enabled. Additionally, Windows Phone 8 had a Wallet feature for contactless payments. Thus, Microsoft tried to compete with Google’s wallet app. Furthermore, Microsoft incorporated the app Tab+Send which is similar to Android Beam.


Since Windows Phone 8, Microsoft also offers a possibility to share content between devices via NFC. To transfer data devices simply must be hold together. This concept is also part of the Android operating system as Android Beam.

The Wallet

Windows Phone 8 also offered users the possibility to pay via NFC in a simple way. Payment information like credit card data are stored on the smartphone and transmitted to a POS terminal via NFC. By using a wallet app, it becomes unnecessary to take an actual wallet with you, because you can pay with nothing more than your smartphone.

Production of Windows Phones is discontinued

As Microsoft entered the smartphone marked quite late, the variety of available apps in the store was always very small compared to the Google Play Store or the Apple Store. Thus, in 2016 was announced that Windows Phones will no longer be produced. However, there are rumors circulating about the development of a so-called Surface Phone by Microsoft. If the Surface Phone will actually appear and if it will be NFC-enabled remains to be seen.

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