IntoMobile contacted RIM and asked some questions regarding the absence of NFC in some of the Bold 9900 devices. RIM answered the question stating:
“RIM believes that NFC is an exciting technology that will enable many new capabilities, and we are aligning with our partners in supporting the overall NFC ecosystem by investing in NFC in our products. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 series are the first to be NFC ready and we are working closely with carrier partners on their roll out plans for NFC.”
Seems to me that the absence of the NFC functionality is not really tied to the device itself but more so the carrier that it is on. AT&T has mentioned that they will disable the NFC chip on their handset while Sprint is embracing the NFC technology and has mentioned it numerous times in their promotional materials surrounding the 9930.
I wonder if the carriers are considering the NFC chips as a revenue source when they are released on the network. Let us know what you think in the comments.