MasterCard certifies NFC for major brands
Friday, May 04, 2012
MasterCard today announced several near field communications (NFC) enabled smartphones have been certified for use with MasterCard PayPass technology.
The technology will provide consumers with devices capable of making fast, secure contactless payments at PayPass merchant locations around the globe.
The new MasterCard-certified devices include the BlackBerry, HTC, Samsung and Nokia phones.
The MasterCard PayPass Ready identifier will signify a device is available for commercial deployment of PayPass, and can be included as a sticker on the approved device. Nokia and BlackBerry-maker RIM are among the first handset manufacturers committed to supporting the brand mark.
“Nokia is honored that the Nokia Lumia 610 NFC will be one the world’s first smartphones to include MasterCard’s PayPass Ready brand mark,” said Andrea Bacioccola, NFC Lead Program Manager, Nokia. “This sends a clear message to operators, banks and other service providers that Nokia is able to quickly enable their payment services on this smartphone.”