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An Estimated 100 Million NFC Enabled Smartphone Units Shipped During 2012

A new study reveals that global shipments of NFC equipped smartphones will likely reach 80 million units during 2012. The number could reach 100 million, if iPhone 5 is equipped with NFC.

The figure is pretty impressive, its more than twice the 35 million units shipped during the previous year. The study, conducted by IMS Research, states that this massive increase in shipments of NFC enabled products is primarily due to growing interest shown by key players in the smartphone market, such as Samsung, Motorola, LG and others.

NFC, or Near Field Communication technology, is already a huge success in Japan, and is currently making its way to the US, European and other major markets in the world.

"After seven or so years of false dawns and frequent disappointment, 2011 has proved to be something of a breakthrough year," IMS analyst Dan Tait stated, Recombu reports.

"Most of the leading cellular handset manufacturers have launched NFC-enabled handsets over the last 12 months. These include Samsung, RIM, Nokia and HTC. Apple is the main player yet to release an NFC-enabled handset," he added.