I’ve been talking a fair bit this week about some of the commercial and consumer challenges regarding mobile payments and NFC. I even had one crazy conversation with a lady that felt that a YouGov survey on the subject was flawed as it disagreed with her opinion.
The reality is that NFC is not going to be a significant mobile payment method for some while…if at all.
Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphones are the first SIM-based NFC smartphones to be certified by MasterCard Worldwide as PayPass-approved devices.
With this certification, any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to deploy PayPass-enabled accounts to the SIM card of these smartphones. The certification was granted on the basis of the BlackBerry smartphones meeting the functionality, interoperability, and security requirements of MasterCard.
Starbucks’ decision to cut NFC out of the loop could encourage more retailers to take the same route and develop bespoke mobile phone payment apps, instead of waiting for stores and handsets to become NFC compatible.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 NFC-enabled smartphones will start shipping “later this month”, Research in Motion has announced.
RIM first unveiled the two phones in May this year and said at the time that they would be available from this summer. Amazon UK has had the Bold 9900 listed for pre-order since early July with an expected delivery date of 15 September. But it now looks as though the new NFC phones could be available as soon as next week.
A young sales technology company has launched a new ticketing solution allowing users to buy and redeem tickets through a tap of their smartphone.
Dublin, Ireland-based ticketfriend, a ticket sales and event promotion company, has since 2009 provided a space for users to buy, sell and promote tickets to events through their Web site. With the refinement of near field communications (NFC) technology over the years, the company has made a decision to move into mobile contactless ticketing, and it has just launched a new app specifically for use with Google’s Android operating system. NFC allows users to tap their smartphones to another device to make a purchase or exchange information.