Nokia has officially confirmed the Lumia 610 NFC, its first near-field communications enabled Windows Phone, after the handset was prematurely leaked earlier today. Based on the budget Lumia 610 announced back in February, the NFC variant will initially launch with Orange in Europe, promising compatibility with both MasterCard and VISA mobile payment systems.
The 610 NFC is certified for contactless payments both with VISA’s payWave system and MasterCard’s PayPass. Those with compatible bank accounts should be able to use their Lumia 610 NFC to tap-to-pay in stores with NFC-enabled POS-terminals.
Meanwhile, the NFC will also be used for hooking up accessories, such as Nokia’s Play 360 speaker, more easily. Rather than demanding users scan for new Bluetooth devices and then punch in a PIN-code, the Lumia 610 NFC will allow them to simply tap the handset against the accessory and see it automatically pair up.