Nokia has decided to scrap what could have been its third NFC handset, the Nokia 6216, due to the quality of the consumer experience not being what it hoped for. The Nokia 6216 would have also been the first NFC handset to have handed over control of the payment system to the Service Provider’s SIM card through SWP (Single Wire Protocol). SWP is the exact architecture that China Unicom is expected to be deploying later this year.
Near Field Communications (NFC) is a system that allows a phone handset to be used as a proximity-payment system, waved near a reader for small-value transactions such as public transport for example. Those compliant with the NFC Forum’s specification can operate through induced power (so work on a battery-dead phone) and are compatible with existing ticketing systems such as London’s Oyster card. The short-ranged wireless connectivity technology has evolved from a combination of existing contactless identification and interconnection technologies.
Security has been a major issue since its initial launch though, and the safest way to store the consumers ballance is on the SIM card using SWP. Nokia would much rather see the secure module embedded in the phone, tying the user to the handset rather than the SIM, and when asked about the cancellation of the Nokia 6216, Nokia told NFC World that although it remains sincerely commited to the concept, ”the quality of the consumer experience was not what it needed to be,” in terms of the architecture giving the operators control.