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Do I Really Need NFC On A Mobile?

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My Vodafone SU6 is giving up the ghost (home screen is freezing continuously and my battery's dying after a few hours). I'm looking at a UMI Diamond Black which doesn't have NFC and I'm wondering whe…
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1m, 2w agoPosted 1 month, 2 weeks ago
My Vodafone SU6 is giving up the ghost (home screen is freezing continuously and my battery's dying after a few hours).
I'm looking at a UMI Diamond Black which doesn't have NFC and I'm wondering whether I need it or not.
Your advice would be much appreciated.
Thank you.

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1m, 2w agoPosted 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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#2
You don't need it, unless you want wireless charging, to use Android Pay etc then get it but if not then no point.
#3
you need it for Android pay
#4
I had it on my lg g4 setup with Android pay and Nfc triggers with stickers. Don't have it now on my redmi note 3 Chinese phone. I would say no. Fumbling around accidentally banging phone on a terminal trying to pay. Often paying with the wrong card as I set up 2 with Andriod pay, private and business. I was disappointed with myself for not liking it. I don't miss it although Its useful to have I guess in emergency. There are some phone cases which have a bank card holder on the back so you can put your bank card in and use like Nfc. Useful on London tube maybe. I also used Nfc stickers and triggers. Pointless. To much hassle.
#5
No. I have it on an LG G4 and never use it. Honestly I've tried Android Pay and to me it's just a gimmick at the moment, everyone has contactless credit or debit cards. It's just as fast to get my wallet out and tap as it is to get my phone out, without the risk of any damage if I drop it or knock it. On the London tube/buses, I don't even need to take the card out of my wallet, just tap the whole thing.

Edited By: Muir on Jan 14, 2017 15:59
#6
Slight correction - NFC isn't wireless charging. Nor is it RFID.

NFC is required for Android Pay but the phone would need to be a model / from a manufacturer vetted by Google running the original operating system. I prefer the premise of Android Pay to a normal contactless card but you will be requested to insert your physical card occasionally so I end up carrying both...

NFC can also be used with NFC Tags to, with an appropriate app, automate mundane tasks e.g. tap a tag in the car to switch to car friendly settings, tap a tag by the bed to activate silent mode etc... It is also used by some accessories such as headsets and speakers to automate the Bluetooth pairing process.

Whether you want it is up to you. You certainly don't need it.



Edited By: MattP79 on Jan 14, 2017 16:02
#7
Nope I've been without it for 2 years and don't miss it
#8
Nah, never used it on the HTC one, haven't missed it wince switching to an Ulefone power 10 months ago (I don't miss having to keep an eye on the HTC's battery either!)
#9
If you have to ask the question then that kind of answers it, if you used it then you'd need it. Looks like you don't use it.
#10
MattP79
Slight correction - NFC isn't wireless charging. Nor is it RFID.

NFC is required for Android Pay but the phone would need to be a model / from a manufacturer vetted by Google running the original operating system. I prefer the premise of Android Pay to a normal contactless card but you will be requested to insert your physical card occasionally so I end up carrying both...

NFC can also be used with NFC Tags to, with an appropriate app, automate mundane tasks e.g. tap a tag in the car to switch to car friendly settings, tap a tag by the bed to activate silent mode etc... It is also used by some accessories such as headsets and speakers to automate the Bluetooth pairing process.

Whether you want it is up to you. You certainly don't need it.




​Qi is for wireless not NFC.
#11
Thank you for your replies.
I think I'll go for the UMI.
#12
I think not If u need ask on here I have never used it and probably never will seems pointless. I tried to use it test how it works once buy I couldn't get it to work I just use Bluetooth or wifi for connecting to other devices. for paying it easy enough using a card u don't need put in codes and stuff
#13
I've never used it in the three and a half years I've had my phone.

Well I used it once to pair to a Bluetooth speaker to see if it worked, it did but it didn't really save much time so I never bothered again.
#14
Not that you asked. But.. UMI Diamond Black looks OK I guess. I think the most important thing in a android phone is the ram and it has 3gig. That's good. It's a little light on rom and battery size but it will do the average user. I think it looks a good value phone and for the money it should do you well. Even if it did have Nfc, Chinese phones won't work with android pay anyway. I know someone with a older version and they are well happy with it. Go for it
#15
Most people saying no so thought I would chip in and say yes :). I use it everyday with Android Pay on my phone, for me it's much simpler and quicker really than getting out your wallet and choosing your card (not massively but all you need it your phone unlocked which can be done with your fingerprint).

It depends on you though, if your asking it's highly unlikely that you'll need/want it?
#16
you need it to move the data from your old device to new one.
to wireless charge and to use android pay etc.
I am not fussed on any of these features and I can use easy alternatives to do it so it doesn't matter in my opinion.
#17
I use it for resurrecting dead lego dimensions tags. So it's quite a cool thing to have when gandalf stops responding.

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