A new rumor is suggesting that AT&T will seek to disable the NFC capabilities of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. The necessary hardware is said to still be available. However, AT&T will supposedly have NFC blocked through the operating system.
There’s no word as to why AT&T would want to break one of the top selling points for the 9900. This could be one of the reasons the Torch 9810 will release on the carrier first. Nonetheless, you should be able to get NFC to work properly by loading a leaked or official OS from another carrier. Time will tell whether this holds true or not.