Nokia is using its burning platform to push NFC to low-end users — it's just launched two NFC devices: the budget-oriented 603 phone running Symbian Belle and the Bluetooth Headset. The phone has swappable back panels that match the bright colors of the Luna and indicate that the two belong together. The pairing mechanism is pretty simple — just insert the headset into the base, touch it to the phone and NFC takes care of the rest. Pop the headset out to connect to the phone and answer a call, and re-insert to hang up and charge the 8-hour battery. It can pair with two phones at once, and attaches to your head with a noise isolating in-ear tip.
Although the 603 is a budget phone like the 600 we saw last month, it manages to bring some respectable hardware. A 640 x 360 3.5-inch IPS display puts a face on a 1GHz CPU, 8GB storage, 7-hour battery, pentaband reception (WCDMA 850 / 900 / 1 0 / 1900 / 2 , GSM / EDGE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900), and 14.4Mbps 3G. The headset will retail for €69 (about $95) and the phone will cost €200 (about $275). Neither device is coming to the US, but both will be available before the end of the year — we wouldn't be surprised to see the two ship at exactly the same time.