MasterCard Worldwide today announced several near field communications
(NFC) enabled smartphones have been certified for use with MasterCard PayPass®
technology, providing consumers with devices capable of making fast,
secure contactless payments at hundreds of thousands of PayPass
merchant locations around the globe. The new MasterCard-certified
devices include the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 / 9790 and BlackBerry® Curve™
9360 / 9380, HTC One X, Intel® Smartphone Reference Device, LG Viper™ 4G
LTE, LG Optimus Elite, Nokia 603, Nokia Lumia 610 NFC, Samsung Wave Y,
Samsung Galaxy mini 2, Samsung Galaxy S Advance, Samsung Galaxy Nexus
(GT-i9250), Sony Xperia S, Sony Xperia P and Sony Xperia sola.
MasterCard also unveiled a new brand identifier – “MasterCard
PayPass® Ready” – now available to device
manufacturers to use with NFC-enabled smartphones that have been tested
and certified by MasterCard for use with PayPass technology. 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, and in an approved
device’s packaging, marketing collateral and advertisements. Nokia and
BlackBerry-maker RIM are among the first handset manufacturers committed
to supporting this 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
“We are pleased to support the MasterCard PayPass Ready brand
mark as it provides consumers with a visual confirmation that an
NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone can easily be enabled with a
MasterCard account for tap-and-go payments,” said Andrew Bocking, SVP
Software Product Management, RIM.
By working closely with standards bodies including EMVCo
and the NFC
Forum, MasterCard continues to lead the industry in testing and
certification processes for mobile payment devices. Devices certified by
MasterCard go through a rigorous testing process by a
MasterCard-accredited laboratory to ensure devices are functionally
reliable and interoperable.
“In the near future, millions of phones will ship with NFC technology
embedded within them. The new PayPass Ready identifier will help
consumers make informed device purchasing decisions by providing a
visual mark that indicates devices are certified to make simple, smart
and secure payments via the MasterCard PayPass network,” said
Mung Ki Woo, group executive, Mobile at MasterCard.
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fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial
institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210
countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make
everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a
business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient
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