RIM has announced that they have teamed up with Spanish mobile carrier Telefonica, and the two companies are testing out an NFC based payment system in Spain, which is called the Telefonica Wallet for BlackBerry.
“We are getting ever closer to the point where our customers will be able to take the contents of their wallets and put them on their mobiles,” said Matthew Key, Chairman & CEO Telefónica Digital. “Trials such as this are important to ensuring a great customer experience and we look forward to seeing the launch of commercial wallet services in several markets next year.”
“RIM is committed to supporting the advancement of NFC and its many applications in the market,” explained Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at RIM. “We have a strong partnership with Telefónica Group and we are very proud to participate in this important pilot, which allows people to use their BlackBerry smartphone in place of separate physical cards for mobile payments and building access.”
The Telefonica BlackBerry wallet uses a SIM based NFC system, and major banks, financial institutions and retailers are taking part in the trial.