Nokia has announced the 6212 classic handset, that is enabled with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
NFC allows the handset to communicate with other NFC devices at a distance of around 10 centimetres. It works by swiping the device across other NFC-enabled devices, typically for instant information or money transactions.
Nokia’s previous NFC handset, the 6131, is being used in trials of the ‘O2 Wallet’, supported by Transport for London and Barclays, in which 500 O2 customers buy travel tickets and other items under £10 via payment readers. The six-month trial is expected to end next month. If successful, the Wallet could be launched by the end of this year.
Nokia head of NFC Jeremy Belostock said: “NFC handsets will change the way users interact with devices and services. People can swap items like business cards or calendar notes by tapping their NFC-enabled handsets together.”
Networks are discussing incorporating NFC payment systems with UK companies.
Use of the Nokia 6212 classic for payment and ticketing will require a service subscription and a software application.
The 6212 classic also features a 2-megapixel camera, MP3 player and expandable memory. It is expected to ship in Q3 for £160.