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NFC data sharing arrives on BlackBerry handsets

Canadian mobile phone manufacturer Research In Motion has announced BlackBerry Tag will soon be available on their NFC enabled devices, which allows for contact and multimedia exchange between handsets and by just tapping them together.

RIM’s Co-CEO Jim Balsillie unveiled the news at the GITEX conference in Dubai, as a new way for BlackBerry smartphone owners to connect with one another and share content.

BlackBerry Tag will be incorporated in the next BlackBerry 7 OS update, for mobile phones that support NFC such as the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 devices.

This ‘tag’ feature allows users to share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content by simply tapping their BlackBerry smartphones together.

BlackBerry Tag also enables friends to instantly add one another as contacts on BlackBerry Messenger, by the same methodology.

One Mobile Ring caught on video of late the usefulness of NFC with a Nokia 700 mobile phone and an NFC enabled Bluetooth speaker, where just tapping the phone on the audio device establishes an automatic Bluetooth audio connection – for the playback of music, which can be seen here.

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.