Nokia announces NFC-enabled handset


Nokia has announced its new 6212 classic handset, featuring integrated Near Field Communication (NFC).

The 3G handset allows consumers to share content, access services and information as well as conduct payments and ticketing purchases.

The Nokia 6212 classic is expected to start shipping in Q3 in selected markets in Europe and Asia at an estimated retail price of £160.

Nokia head of NFC Jeremy Belostock said: “NFC-capable handsets are set to change the way mobile phone users interact with devices and services.

“With the Nokia 6212 classic, people can swap items like business cards or calendar notes by simply tapping their handsets together.”

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.

Via the Nokia 6212 classic, travel tickets can be charged over the air. Users can store their credit card information on the device and access their account online directly from the handset.

Using the Nokia 6212 classic for payment and ticketing purposes requires a service subscription and the installation of a secure application.

The handset also features a two megapixel camera, MP3 player and expandable memory.