The 6212 is enabled with near field communication technology that is designed to simplify wireless data transfers.

Terry Sweeney, Contributing Editor

April 15, 2008

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The Nokia 6212's near field communication (NFC) capability lets users swap items like business cards or calendar notes simply by tapping their handsets together.

Nokia's 6212 handset was designed to tap into something new, literally.

The 3G mobile handset is built with near field communication (NFC) capabilities, enabling NFC-equipped users to wirelessly exchange all sorts of information, Nokia said Tuesday.

"By tapping an NFC-enabled tag, consumers can receive new content such as Web links, 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," Nokia said in a statement. Business cards, photos, and videos can also be shared amongst NFC-capable phones.

The phone comes with three NFC sticker tags, one of which opens the NFC introduction in the phone. Users can edit their tags, whether for writing calendar entries or setting the alarm clock, the vendor said.

"With ever-increasing device functions and services available, ease-of-use is essential. One way to keep things simple is NFC," said Jeremy Belostock, head of near field communications for Nokia, in a statement. "NFC-capable handsets such as the Nokia 6212 classic are set to change the way mobile phone users interact with devices and services in their surroundings."

Nokia is also positioning the new phone as a mobile payment device, with users storing credit card information on the device and accessing accounts online directly from the handset. The 6212 can be set to allow payment only after the user enters a secondary passcode to authorize it. Such e-payment options may require a service subscription with a carrier or merchant, as well as the installation of a secure payment application, Nokia said.

The Nokia 6212 classic will be available in the third quarter in parts of Europe and Asia; its estimated price is 200 euro or $316.

About the Author(s)

Terry Sweeney

Contributing Editor

Terry Sweeney is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered technology, networking, and security for more than 20 years. He was part of the team that started Dark Reading and has been a contributor to The Washington Post, Crain's New York Business, Red Herring, Network World, InformationWeek and Mobile Sports Report.

In addition to information security, Sweeney has written extensively about cloud computing, wireless technologies, storage networking, and analytics. After watching successive waves of technological advancement, he still prefers to chronicle the actual application of these breakthroughs by businesses and public sector organizations.

Sweeney is also the founder and chief jarhead of Paragon Jams, which specializes in small-batch jams and preserves for adults.

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