According to the latest statistics from the first quarter of this year, Research In Motion’s (RIM) says that 80% of all NFC enabled devices in the UK are BlackBerry handsets.
An impressive number indeed. RIM sees NFC as a big market opportunity and has taken the plunge into the technology to help aid its growth in the mobile world. RIM currently offers five models of BlackBerry NFC-enabled phones, the Bold 9900/9790 and Curve 9360/9380/and Porsche 9981. As well as NFC hardware, RIM has also developed Blackberry Tag NFC technology that allows users to share contacts, documents, URLs and photos as well as add contacts instantly to Blackberry’s messaging service, BBM by “tapping” Blackberry smart phones together. All told, RIM have a slew of NFC-enabled apps for printing, location services and app sharing capabilities.
If RIM had its way, NFC technology (and your BlackBerry) would become an integral part of you day. The company is not just hyping this vision up either. RIM is trialling a new NFC system at its headquarters, which sees NFC enabled BlackBerry handsets used to unlock doors to gain access to various parts of its office complex.
You can see a little more of that vision in the video below;
This month, RIM is giving away, through the Intelligence a brand new NFC-enabled BlackBerry Bold.
Sleek and thin, the BlackBerry Bold 9900’s iconic design, complete with stainless steel frame body and sculpted surfaces, makes this the lightest BlackBerry to date. With a full touch screen and the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard – made a little wider – you can easily work your way around apps, websites and messages. Reach out and touch your smartphone like never before, swiping, pinching and zooming with a Liquid Graphics™ touch screen. Together with a 1.2 GHz processor, Liquid Graphics gives you fluid animation and instant responses. The fastest and most powerful BlackBerry experience yet. The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is loaded with a 1.2 GHz processor, 8GB of onboard memory, 720p HD video recording, dual-band Wi-Fi®, and a built-in compass. Packed with powerful new features and innovative apps, BlackBerry® 7 is the next generation BlackBerry software. Wikitude’s augmented reality experience introduces exciting new ways to interact with the world – and your BBM contacts, while Near Field Communication (NFC) lets you connect with other NFC-enabled devices. Is this a great prize, or what?
And so on to the questions;
Q1. What is RIM’s BlackBerry “market share of the NFC-enabled phones sold in the UK in the first quarter of 2012?” according to data firm GFK?
- 80 percent?
- 63 percent?
- 49 percent?
Q2. How many BlackBerry Models have NFC technology?
- 2 models
- 5 Models
- 3 Models
- 1 Model
Q3. Which of these apps available on BlackBerry DO use the NFC capability?
- FujiFilm Tap and Print
- BlackBerry Tag
- BlackBerry AppWorld
- All of the above
Q4. What is the name of the BlackBerry app that allows you to share music, contacts or pictures using NFC technology?
- BlackBerry Tag
- BlackBerry Messenger
- BlackBerry Travel
- BlackBerry Protect
Feel like entering? No problem. You can either use the Facebook entry form or simply send us an email to: contactless.intelligence(at)kobn.tv
Put the words ‘July Intelligence‘ in the subject header and simply put the question numbers and the right answers in the email e.g. Q1-3, Q2-1, etc…
Easy. You will then be added to the prize draw and your chance to win a BackBerry Bold 9900.