Windows Phone 8 will have native NFC support, Microsoft announced on Wednesday, which the company will use to bring the “most complete wallet experience” to any mobile platform. The native side will potentially allow for interoperability between devices like phones, laptops and tablets, such as Microsoft’s brand new Surface.
The “Wallet Hub” angle will act like you’d expect; it’s the center for all your credit and debit cards, loyalty membership cards, deals and NFC tap-to-pay. Similar to Google Wallet — not to mention there’s a small page taken from Apple’s new Passbook app in iOS 6 — Microsoft’s Wallet Hub will allow owners to place secure payments on the go; important information is stored on the SIM card and not the device, which we’d think will allow folks to switch between handsets without a problem.
Right now, Orange France is the lead mobile operator partner on wallet. Microsoft said it’s working with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile here in the U.S. on the upcoming ISIS mobile payment system, but Wallet users on those carriers may unfortunately have to wait until 2013 to take advantage of the new feature.