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Adding to the pile of news surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S II this week, we have some new info -- some good and some bad . The good news is that the AT&T and T-Mobile variants will both be equipped with NFC. Engadget (along with François Simond) took a peak earlier today into the system files of AT&T's S II variant and found conclusive evidence of NFC presence, including a pre-installed app, but whether mobile payments will be one of the SII's capabilities remains to be seen. Additionally, FCC filings from T-Mobile confirm NFC is onboard for its GSII as well.

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The bad news comes for Sprint users. The Galaxy S II headed for Sprint - under the name Epic 4G Touch - lacks NFC. Even without the capability of utilizing the latest trend in mobile data transfer, the S II remains an attractive device on all three carriers, and as a Sprint user I'm still looking forward to its release.

Source: Engadget

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  • David

    I knew Sprint would find a way to screw it up.

  • Tony

    Thanks for the update! They're very nice phones!

  • http://www.sndplace.com SNDplace

    Even with it missing the software is in the phone so their might just be and update to turn it on and there may just be a back plate that you can just change... Also if you Google NFC SD cards you will find away you get NFC on any phone including this beast...

  • TT

    That news is pretty disappointing, especially after Sprint and Google announced they would be teaming for Google Wallet:

    http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/05/26/google-wallet-and-google-offers-are-official-pay-with-your-phone-using-nfc/

  • VonLaserface

    I don't see enough uses for NFC to come along in the near future for that to be a deal breaker.