Near Field Communications (NFC) is still an emerging technology despite being introduced as far back as 2007. It’s probably because manufacturers and service providers haven't fully jumped on-board this new wireless technology, but Nokia, regardless of their faltering sales, is setting an example to the rest of the world by announcing their third NFC-enabled device, the 6216 classic.
This new mobile phone looks pretty much like your typical handset. It comes with 2-inch QVGA display, 2-megapixel camera, quad-band GSM, dual-band 3G (850/2100MHz), Bluetooth, and for the first time, it also allows operators to build NFC service into the SIM as well. For those not familiar with NFC, it’s basically a wireless technology that allows the transfer of data between two devices by merely tapping them together which could be the future for mobile phone-assisted passports and cash-less payments.
Here’s what Jeremy Belostock, head of Nokia’s near field communications, had to say about their latest offering:
The Nokia 6216 classic will be amongst the first commercial devices in the market complying with operator requirements using the SIM card in connection to secure transactions with Near Field Communications. With the Nokia 6216 classic in your pocket and the ticketing applications on the SIM you can replace the multitude of cards in your wallet. Having the applications on the SIM consumers can bring their secure applications to their next Nokia NFC enabled phone.
It will begin shipping in Q3 for €150 or $196 before subsidies. However, with NFC services yet to hit the mainstream market in the North American region, it's highly unlikely that the Nokia 6216 classic, or any NFC-nable phone for that matter, will become available in this part of the globe anytime soon.