Research in Motion in partnership with Turkish carrier Turkcell announced to deliver for subscribers the first BlackBerry smartphone with support for Near Field Communication (NFC) payments. This option is available for BlackBerry Bold 9900 owners who need to use Turkcell’s Cep-T Cüzdan mobile application.
Users who are interested in showing off the new capability of their sleek BlackBerry have to go to the carrier, trade up to a special SIM, compatible with the new technology, load the appropriate application and then they can make toucheless purchases everywhere in the world, where the retailers accept MasterCard PayPass.
In the press release about the new service, Alexandra Zagury, Managing Director, Turkey, RIM explained that her company is interested in the new technology expected to reach to the mainstream in less than two years. “We are pleased to partner with Turkcell to launch the first commercially available NFC mobile wallet for BlackBerry smartphone customers in Turkey. RIM is committed to supporting the advancement of NFC technology and today’s launch marks an exciting milestone for the future of mobile commerce,” said Alexandra Zagury.
Turkish BlackBerry Bold 9900 have 60000 contactless points of sale where they can use the mobile wallet app, even though they don’t leave the country. Purchases under $20 won’t normally need additional verification procedure (some sales points might require the customer to enter a PIN code or to authenticate the purchase with a signature).