Originally Posted by ifarlow
However, the difference here is that if you load a newer OS on the AT&T 9900, NFC is not
enabled. When the Verizon 9930 was released without NFC, an OS from any other carrier would enable it. Therefore, it strongly suggests that AT&T has blocked NFC via a service book, not by tweaking the OS. That points to AT&T charging users to enable NFC in the future. Just like they did with Bridge
Well I can see your point on the Service Book being used to enable/disable NFC, and honestly did not think about that.
While there are other carriers who have enabled NFC on their 99XX's, that doesn't automatically mean that they won't start charging users to take advantage of NFC once the ability to make full use of it is put out there. AT&T may be monitoring things a little more closely at the initial launch, but that doesn't mean that other carriers are just going to let NFC be free. Like I said, I can't see these major carriers ponying up the money they did to invest in NFC and not charging some sort of fee for users to use the service once it becomes more common.
Are there any carriers other than AT&T that block and/or charge for NFC? I can tell you Verizon has no problem giving me NFC capabilities free of charge, and I'm sure others do the same. As a matter of fact, I'm confident that AT&T is in the minority (and may be the only one) when it comes to disabling NFC, at least the way that it appears that they have.
See, neither of us know if AT&T will enable NFC, it's all speculation whether I say it or you say it. I never stated anything as fact, I just stated what I thought, and what I believe. I think that all carriers will charge to use NFC once the services are out there for users to take full advantage of the technology. I want to be wrong, I hope I am wrong about this. I think it'd be great if it was a free service for all to use fully. I don't think that's what's going to happen, and I was fully convinced of it when I saw the article stating that the major wireless carriers invested a large sum of money into NFC. They aren't going to do anything for free. Your service book theory makes a lot of sense to me, and like I said, I hadn't thought about it. I'm just saying that we shouldn't chastise AT&T for disabling a feature that was disabled by another major carrier for a period of time when we don't know exactly how things are going to pan out in the future regarding NFC. If AT&T charges for it and no other carrier does, then we can jump all over AT&T, but until then it's not really a big deal IMO.
First, you have no idea that AT&T will ever enable NFC. Second, the way that they have disabled NFC suggests that an OS update won't ever bring back NFC. I fully expect a line-item to appear in users' accounts to enable NFC for a charge. That's as bad as AT&T charging for Bridge data.