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NFC takes its next step with the Nokia 6216 classic

Nokia has introduced the third of its Near Field Communication devices, the 6216 classic. Using a SIM base for the first time, Nokia is enabling operators to build NFC services via the SIM card. The content services include images, weblinks, audio files, contact data secure payment and ticketing.

Using this year's Near Field Communication (NFC) oriented WIMA conference, Nokia has announced its third fully integrated Near Field Communication (NFC) device, the Nokia 6216 classic. The new arrival is Nokia's first SIM-based NFC device which enables operators to build NFC services onto the SIM card.

With NFC consumers will "benefit from greater ease of use, more convenient sharing of content - such as images, weblinks, audio files or contact data - as well as secure payment and ticketing transactions, all with just one tap of the device." The Nokia 6216 classic is expected to start shipping in the 3Q09 in select markets with an estimated retail price of US$200.  
"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," says 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. Having the applications on the SIM consumers can bring their secure applications to their next Nokia NFC enabled phone." 
Nokia has also stated that owner's credit card information can be stored securely on the SIM card and waving the device in front of a contactless terminal enables quick payment and simple ticketing services. A compatible NFC SIM card is required in order to be used with contact-less ticketing and payment services, and requires a service subscription and installation of an appropriate secure application.

In addition to its NFC technology, the Nokia 6216 classic is fitted with digital camera, bright display, stereo FM radio and music player, 3G connectivity and a microSD slot which is expandable up to 8Gb.

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