The future is creeping up on us and we really should keep up. If you’ve ever heard of NFC, you’ve probably wondered what it means. NFC stands for “Near Field Communication” and is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish communication with each other by either touching them together or bringing them into close proximity.
Through NFC, you can transfer data between two devices, such as contacts, photos, videos, or files. You can even engage other people in a multi-player game. One Swedish company is even testing the use of NFC-enabled smartphones to function as hotel keys. In fact, NFC was already put into effect in 2008 in Germany, where a certain train company launched an NFC-ticketing pilot program in which 200 travelers touched their phones to NFC tags when they got on the train and touched their phones to another tag when they got off. Their fare was then calculated and added to their monthly bill.
Some phones are already carrying NFC chips inside of them, and one of these devices is the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note SGH-I717. Unfortunately, unlike its Korean counterpart, the AT&T Galaxy Note’s NFC chip has been disabled. Thanks to XDA-Developers forum member fox689, however, it’s now possible to unlock the AT&T Galaxy Note’s NFC chip. This means you can not only use NFC functions but also have access to the NFC apps on the Google Play Store.
If you’re afraid that unlocking the NFC chip may involve a lot of tinkering with codes, worry no more. If you’ve had experience flashing ROMs, then this method is quite the same. You’ll merely need to boot into Recovery Mode and install the ZIP file. Unfortunately, it only works on stock ROMs.
If you’d like to start unlocking your Galaxy Note’s NFC chip, you’ll need the following:
Once you’ve got everything, you can now proceed to enabling your Galaxy Note’s NFC chip:
Once the Galaxy Note reboots, you can find NFC options under Wireless settings. Congratulations!