Nokia has announced its third fully integrated NFC phone, the Nokia 6216 classic, the company’s first SIM-based NFC device which enables operators to build NFC services on the SIM card. The announcement came during the third annual WIMA Global NFC Business and Technical Developers conference in Monaco.
The 6216 is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of 2009 in select markets at an estimated retail price of $194.
With NFC consumers can benefit from greater ease of use, more convenient sharing of content – such as images, Web links, audio files or contact data – as well as secure payment and ticketing transactions, all with just one tap of the device. The owner can also store his credit card information securely on the SIM card and waving the device in front of a contactless terminal enables quick payment and simple ticketing services
“The Nokia 6216 classic will be among the first commercial devices in the market complying with operator requirements using the SIM card in connection to secure transactions with Near Field Communications,” said Jeremy Belostock, head of NFC at Nokia. “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.”
“The launch of the Nokia 6216 classic SIM-based NFC handset is a great step forward for payment and ticketing services,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer of the GSM Association. “We believe this will drive more rapid deployment of the technology and expect this to signal the launch of NFC services in the market by operators.”
The phone also includes a digital camera, bright display, stereo FM radio and music player, 3G connectivity and a microSD slot which is expandable up to 8 GB.