Nokia has introduced its Near Field Communication (NFC) shell system which incorporates Radio Frequency Identification technology.
The Nokia NFC shell is a "functional cover" developed for the Nokia 3220 handset, which allows users to wirelessly access services and conveniently exchange information simply by touching the devices against other NFC-compatible equipment.
The technology is designed to offer consumers access to browsing and text message services by touching tags that contain service shortcuts.
Consumers will also be able to send their favourite service shortcuts to other users by touching another NFC-compatible device with their phone, according to Nokia.
In addition, the Nokia NFC shell comes with tags that can be used to create 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," said Gerhard Romen, head of market development at Nokia Ventures Organisation.
"This technology has the potential to significantly improve the way operators provide, and users discover and activate, different mobile services."
Nokia showed off the shell incorporated into a 3220 triband cameraphone 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 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.
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