Nokia unveiled a new NFC enabled mobile phone with the Nokia 6216 classic. The Nokia 6126 is Nokia's third Near Field Communication (NFC) device. The new Nokia 6216 classic is Nokia's first SIM-based NFC device which enables operators to build NFC services on to the SIM card.
"The launch of the Nokia 6216 classic SIM-based NFC handset is a great step forward for payment and ticketing services," says Alex Sinclair, the Chief Technology Officer of the GSM Association. "We believe this will drive more rapid deployment of the technology and expect this to signal launch of NFC services in the market by operators."
It would be nice to see a faster adoption of NFC. Somehow not much has happend in the last 5 years. NFC is already around since 2004, when Nokia, Sony and Philips announced it at the CeBit in that year.
In addition to the NFC technology, the Nokia 6216 classic is outfitted with the features people desire from a next generation mobile device, including digital camera, bright display, stereo FM radio and music player, 3G connectivity and a microSD slot which is expandable up to 8GB.
The Nokia 6216 classic is expected to start shipping in the third quarter of 2009 in select markets with an estimated retail price of EUR 150 (~$195) before taxes and subsidies.
Via this Nokia announcement.