According to RIMarkable we can use a BlackBerry device or more specifically turn the SIM card into a MasterCard. Yes now cell phones can be used for purchases instead of having to pull out an actual card:
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9360 smartphones are the first SIM-based NFC smartphones to be certified by MasterCard Worldwide asPayPass-approved devices.It has been talked about in Chicago at least, that the Chicago Transit Authority wants to find a way to allow transit riders to pay their fares with a cellphone. This could be a prelude although it may utilize the same technology as using the phone as a debit/credit card.
The certification was granted on the basis of the BlackBerry® smartphones meeting the functionality, interoperability and security requirements of MasterCard. With this certification, any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally will be able to deploy MasterCard PayPass-enabled accounts to the SIM card of these smartphones.
The ecosystem to allow customers to take advantage of the certified BlackBerry smartphones for NFC payments is already growing. France Telecom – Orange believes that mobile NFC has the potential to enable a new revolution in mobile by further connecting people’s mobile digital world with the physical world around them. France Telecom – Orange is the first operator worldwide to have commercial NFC launches in two countries, UK and France, with trials in several European markets.
BTW, I just learned AT&T will finally have the new BlackBerry Bold 9900 in the near future. I do also like the touchscreen BlackBerry Torch but have really been feeling the new BlackBerry Bold. Then again in a change of pace I want to get my hands on an iPhone 4S. There is a little time for me to decide since I'm looking for the best deal possible.