Your Phone will Pay for you
The way these mobile handsets are getting smarter with each passing day, sometimes I hesitate to call them phones. Today, they can do from everything to everything for you: talking, texting, surfing, mailing, you name it. And now they’ll also conduct payments for you – courtesy Nokia.
The Nokia 6212 classic introduced today is a 3G handset, which will let consumers share content and conduct payments among a slew of other services. And it works on something called Near Field Communication (NFC), which will enable users to share multimedia information across electronic devices by tapping an NFC-enabled tag.
Nokia says the 6212 classic can also be used as a travel ticket besides making mobile payments. Users will be able to store their credit card information on the device and access their account online from the handset. However, the payment and ticketing features would require service subscription and the installation of a secure application.
Other bells and whistles like 2 megapixel camera, bright 2-inch QVGA display, stereo FM radio, and music player supporting multiple formats are part of the deal. An optional microSD memory card of up to 4GB will let you save personal content including images and songs.
Sounds interesting. But hang on. This Nokia 6212 classic has not yet hit the sales shelves. Nokia plans to ship it around the third quarter of the year with a price tag of EUR 200 ($316).