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RIM phones approved for MasterCard Pay-Pass

BlackBerry Bold 9900, BlackBerry Curve 9360 can now be used for mobile payments

RIM phones approved for MasterCard Pay-Pass
RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Curve 9360 can now be used with Master-Card's Pay-Pass system.

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, according to an announcement by Research In Motion.

The BlackBerry smartphones meet the necessary functionality, interoperability and security requirements of MasterCard, according to RIM, and were granted certification.

"NFC technology is making smartphones even smarter and the MasterCard certification is a significant step forward in helping transform the way we use mobile devices for payments. We are working proactively with our carrier partners, banks, retailers and other industry players and we are excited to push the boundaries of how NFC can enable new mobile experiences for BlackBerry smartphone users around the world," said Andrew Bocking, vice president, Handheld Software Product Management at RIM.

The certification allows any MasterCard PayPass-issuing bank globally to deploy MasterCard PayPass-enabled accounts to the SIM card of the users' smartphones. 

"MasterCard is proud to be the first to certify these popular BlackBerry smartphones for mobile payments, and offer consumers another simple, easy, safe and convenient way to pay.  In card payments, MasterCard has long been a leader in the testing and certification of products - for the benefit of customers, issuers, merchants and acquirers.  We are delighted to extend this leadership role into the mobile payments arena and applaud RIM's efforts to usher in the next phase of NFC adoption by delivering compliant devices to the market," said Mung Ki Woo, group executive, Mobile at MasterCard Worldwide. "The availability of NFC on popular BlackBerry smartphones is an important milestone for the mobile contactless payments business."

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