Research In Motion (RIM) announced that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone and BlackBerry Curve 9360 to be smart-phone NFC (Near Field Communication) SIM-based first MasterCard Worldwide receiving certification as a device that can be used for PayPass.
BlackBerry smartphones deemed to have met the standard functionality, interoperability and security requirements from MasterCard. With this certification, every bank in the world issuing MasterCard PayPass MasterCard PayPass account can run into the SIM card that uses these two smartphones.
"MasterCard is proud to be the first BlackBerry smartphone in pursuing certification as a means of obtaining consumer mobile payments and alternative payment methods are simple, easy, safe and comfortable. We're happy to extend this leadership role to the mobile payments arena, "said Mung Ki Woo, Group Executive, Mobile at MasterCard Worldwide.
Certification is granted do not escape the role of the NFC. France Telecom-Orange believes that mobile phones with NFC technology has the potential to allow any new revolution in the mobile world with terhubungkannya increasingly digital world of mobile users with the real world around them.
"We are pleased to offer the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 as part of a range of Orange mobile NFC device. We are committed to more actively market NFC devices, and this new smartphone will help accelerate the adoption of a secure mobile NFC services using Orange SIM card, including for
payments using mobile phones, "said Vincent Barnaud, Director of Contactless Services at France Telecom-Orange.
Andrew Bocking, vice president, Handheld Software Product Management at RIM said, "NFC technology to make your smartphone more intelligent and MasterCard certification is a significant step forward in helping change the way we use mobile devices for payments. We proactively work with partner carriers, banks, retailers and other industry players and we are excited to push limits on how NFC can deliver a new mobile experience for BlackBerry smartphone users around the world. "