Orange France launches Samsung NFC Android phone in Europe

Orange France has announced it will be selling a contactless version of the Samsung Galaxy S II from October, making it the first NFC-enabled Android phone available in Europe. The roll out in France will be followed by other European Orange territories soon after.

This smartphone will be the fourth mobile available from Orange for its Cityzi customers, the brand name for mobile NFC services in France, and is secure for mobile payments.

Teams from Orange and Samsung have developed the new NFC-enabled device in line with the specifications mapped out by the French mobile contactless association (AFSCM) and relevant international standards.

This makes Orange is the first operator in Europe to offer a SIM-based NFC Android mobile, using the SIM card to guarantee the security of contactless mobile services. A new generation of secure SIM cards will soon be rolled out nationally, and the group is working with equipment manufacturers to ensure that more than half of the new smartphone models are compatible with Cityzi contactless services.

The Galaxy S II uses Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It offers users a hefty dual core 1.2GHz processor and 3G plus HSPA+ connectivity for 21 megabits per second.