November 02, 2004 Convenient consumer access to mobile services is on the way, simply by touching tags with the Nokia 3220 phone and Nokia Near Field Communication (NFC) shell - a technology that has emerged from the combination of contactless identification (RFID Radio Frequency Identification) and interconnection technologies.
The Nokia NFC shell offers consumers access to browsing, and text message services simply by touching tags that contain service shortcuts. Consumers are also able to give their favourite service shortcuts to other users by touching another NFC-compatible device with their phone.
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In addition, the Nokia NFC shell comes with tags that can be used for creating own personal service shortcuts. "Touch-based interactions will improve the consumer experience of existing services and create new opportunities for users to benefit from their phones. This technology has the potential to significantly improve the way operators provide and users discover and activate different mobile services," said Gerhard Romen, Head of Market Development at Nokia Ventures Organization. "By introducing the new Nokia NFC shell, Nokia clearly demonstrates strong commitment to offer users an intuitive wireless experience."
About Near Field Communication (NFC)
NFC technology evolved from a combination of contactless identification (RFID) and interconnection technologies. NFC operates in the 13.56 MHz frequency range, over a distance of typically a few centimetres. NFC technology is standardized in ISO 18092, ISO 21481, ECMA (340, 352 and 356) and ETSI TS 102 190. NFC is also compatible to the broadly established contactless smart card infrastructure based on ISO 14443 A, i.e. Philips MIFARE technology, as well as Sony's FeliCa card.
For more information see www.nfc-forum.org .
The Nokia 3220 is a tri-band camera phone that is available in two versions: a GSM 900/1800/1900 primarily for the European and Asian markets, and a GSM 850/1800/1900 primarily for the Americas. The Nokia NFC shell is a functional cover developed for the Nokia 3220 phone. The Nokia NFC shell with four tags will be available during the first quarter of 2005 in Europe, and during the second quarter 2005 in the Americas and Asia.