Nokia has unveiled the Nokia 6212 Classic, its first commercially available handset to feature integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. With NFC on board, the handset allows consumers to share content, access services and information make payments with a tap of the device. The Nokia 6212 Classic is a 3G phone which is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of 2008 in select markets in Europe and Asia with an estimated retail price of EUR 200 before taxes and subsidies. "NFC-capable handsets such as the Nokia 6212 classic are set to change the way mobile phone users interact with devices and services in their surroundings," says Jeremy Belostock, the Head of Near Field Communications, Nokia. "With the Nokia 6212 classic, people can swap items like business cards or calendar notes by simply tapping their handsets together. With ever-increasing device functions and services available, ease-of-use is essential. One way to keep things simple is NFC." Nokia says that Near Field Communication is designed for secure interaction between electronic devices. By tapping an NFC-enabled tag, consumers can receive new content such as weblinks, audio files or contact data directly to their phone. They can activate a profile in their handset or open applications such as FM radio or web browser. Photos and videos can be easily shared by tapping another NFC-capable phone and pairing with a Bluetooth NFC-enabled device. The phone can also be used like a virtual travelcard and wallet to make mobile payments. Travel tickets are charged over the air and users can store their credit card information on the device and access their account online directly from the handset.
Nokia says that using the Nokia 6212 for payment and ticketing purposes requires a service subscription and the installation of an appropriate secure application. Security for transactions is assured as the handset can be set to allow payment only when the user expressly authorizes the transaction via an additional passcode. The Nokia 6212 classic allows consumers to personalize and edit their own NFC tags, be it for writing calendar entries or setting the alarm clock. The sales pack of the Nokia 6212 classic comes with three sticker tags, one of which opens the NFC introduction in the phone.
The Nokia 6212 classic boasts a 2 megapixel camera, bright 2-inch QVGA display, stereo FM radio and music player supporting multiple formats, plus a microSD card for expanding the phone's memory.