Nokia Kills Its First NFC SIM Phone

Nokia has quietly pulled the plug on its 6216 NFC phone, which was to be its first commercial model supporting a standard connection to the SIM card for storing payment and ticketing applications, NFC Times has learned.

Nokia, which had still been promising the NFC handset late last year, notified some operators and development partners within the past few weeks that it would not put the phone into production, sources told NFC Times.

The 6216 had originally been promised in the third quarter of 2009, but delays had set back the commercial launch to early 2010. But by that time, demand had dried up from mobile operators, which had turned their attention to more stylish NFC models supporting the single-wire protocol connection to the SIM, such as the Samsung S5230. The NFC version of the touch-screen S5230, known as the Star or Player One in some markets, is due out this spring.

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Article comments

 
riete Feb 18 2010

This is not a surprise. But what's the alternative for those already invested in this technology. Nokia doesn't care about us !!!

In your list, you forgot the 6212 C which is the last model (Full of bugs & crashes).

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ddarmstrong Feb 21 2010

So, this is really the end of Nokia support for SWP, I'd imagine. I've heard about a dozen people mention this already, at MWC and independently. With that scenario, I wonder what the future will be for SWP? China has announced a new roll-out, but seems pretty optimistic to me.

Rumours were that the Samsung Star (Pay Buy Mobile trial phone at MWC) was slow, any thoughts on that? This, plus the Nokia news, backs up what has always been the case according to some in the NFC Forum and other on the engineering side of things -- the opinion that SWP was far too riddled with latency problems and would never hack it when implemented along with public transportation.

Goodness.

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greg55 Oct 6 2010

Personally I do not know very much about this situation but I think that the most logical way would be for carriers who intend to support NFC payments to integrate NFC in their own SIM cards. No need for specialized phones. Well, it would be great to discuss about it with other people in here. If someone knows something more, please write here. I will be waiting for all your answers. Best regards, Greg from mobile application development

 
travelhome Feb 28 2011

I will be one of Orange’s first SIM-secure NFC phones user . because it is Near Field Communication (NFC) allows you to ‘touch-in’ your phone at compatible terminals to pay for items in a shop, buy tickets, or act as a door key. It’s similar to the technology currently used in London’s Oyster cards. Orange announced only last month that it was to bring SIM-centric NFC payments nokia x6

 
mikehudson Mar 8 2011

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Keep working ,great job!

Thanks
Mike Hudson

 
andersontrott Apr 28 2011

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