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NFC-enabled BlackBerry Phones Get MasterCard PayPass Certificate

By Martin Schuppelius

Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphones are the first SIM-based NFC smartphones to be certified as MasterCard PayPass-approved devices. The certification was granted by MasterCard on the basis of the smartphones meeting the functionality, interoperability and security requirements. With this certification, any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank will be able to set up PayPass-enabled accounts to the SIM card of these devices.

MasterCard PayPass is a contactless payment method based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. The service lets consumers make purchases by tapping a credit card or other payment device instead of swiping or inserting a card. MasterCard’s PayPass solution is available at more than 300,000 merchant locations worldwide.

The credit card company also partners with mobile NFC payment platforms Google Wallet and ISIS. Through the launch of new NFC-enabled devises, the contactless payment solution continues to gain momentum. “The availability of NFC on popular BlackBerry smartphones is an important milestone for the mobile contactless payments business,” stated Mung Ki Woo, Group Executive Mobile at MasterCard.