The Samsung Galaxy Note, like the Galaxy S II, sports the NFC chip in only some regional variants like the I9100P etc. The European version – N7000 – does not sport an NFC antenna, so users can’t enjoy all the (limited) benefits offered by this new technology. In any case, NFC is still pretty much non-existent outside of the United States.
Sadly, even though the AT&T version of the Galaxy Note (i717) does come with an NFC chip, it is for some strange reason disabled by AT&T. Until now that is! Thanks to XDA member fox689, owners of AT&T’s Galaxy Note can now enable NFC on their handset. The method is pretty simple, but requires root access. Simply download and transfer this zip file to your Galaxy Note, and flash it via CWM recovery. Reboot your handset after this, and you will now see all the NFC related options in the Settings menu now.
After enabling NFC, Galaxy Note users can use all the available NFC related app and features on their phone. The Google Wallet app will not work on their phone though, since its available only for Google Nexus handsets at the moment. If you are wondering what can you use the NFC chip on your phone for, read this post. The app allows users to create custom NFC tags, which means the possibilities are endless!