"We are likely to see more mid- to entry-level NFC phones available in the market in the future," says Far EasTone president Yvonne Li. "But it will take some time because these phones have to be built in accordance with certain technological standards and complete many security tests."
The launch is a push towards the carrier's NFC payments project, which will start with a trial period for employees of the Far EasTone Group at the end of July, adds Li.
Far EasTone says it will purchase between 1.7m and 1.8m smartphones this year, with half of these being NFC-enabled.
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