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There has been a lot of discussion around mobile payments in Canada. Back in May we announced an agreement with CIBC to launch Canada’s first commercial mobile payment solution, allowing Canadians to pay with their CIBC credit card at the checkout counter using their Rogers “Near Field Communications” (NFC)-enabled smartphones. Two weeks ago, we achieved a milestone for mobile payments in Canada when we partnered up with CIBC and Simon Whitfield to make Canada’s first point-of-sale mobile credit card transaction using a secure SIM card inside an NFC-enabled smartphone – see our summary of the event here. And as of today, you can download the CIBC Mobile Payment App here.
At that event, we unveiled suretap, a new solution for our wireless customers that will let you turn your smartphone into a wallet. We have been working on this new technology for months and are beyond excited to introduce it. Here is some basic information you need to know to get started with mobile payments and suretap:
What is Rogers suretap?
suretap is a new solution from Rogers that allows you to store an existing credit card on the secure SIM Card in your NFC-enabled device to make mobile payments. Also, suretap- ready devices are certified by payment networks and Rogers as secure and ready for mobile payment solutions.
How does it work?
suretap uses Near Field Communications (NFC), a secure, short range wireless technology that enables devices to securely communicate at close distances (typically less than 10 cm). To make a purchase, you will simply present your supported device at a contactless point of sale terminal.
What devices does it work on?
As of today, the BlackBerry 9900 is suretap ready – the BlackBerry 9360 will be ready in the coming weeks and Android and Windows 8 devices will be ready in early 2013.
How do you get started?
You can get started with suretap in three easy steps:
Step 1: suretap- Ready Device
“suretap ready” means the device has been certified by payment networks and Rogers as secure, and able to transmit credit card information.
Step 2: NFC SIM Card
Rogers suretap allows you to securely download credit card details to your NFC SIM card for use in mobile payments using Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology.
NFC SIM cards can be purchased in Rogers retail stores or online at www.rogers.com/suretap
Step 3: suretap Supported App
Visit App World on your device to download your credit card company’s mobile payment app and register your existing credit card information.
Where can I use it?
Any terminal that accepts VISA PayWave or MasterCard PayPass will also support suretap Today, thousands of retailers are ready to accept mobile payments. A list of merchants that accept Visa payWave is available here and a list of merchants that accept MasterCard PayPass is available here.
To learn more about suretap and to order a secure SIM card, visit www.rogers.com/suretap.
Are you ready to start using your smartphone as a wallet?
Allison is a regular contributor to Redboard.
UPDATE: May 9, 2013, 2:45 p.m.: We’re happy to announce the CIBC Mobile Payment App is now available on suretap-ready Samsung Galaxy S III devices.